How Do Implants Really Compare to Other Prostheses?

With so many different options for replacing lost teeth, it may not always be obvious what benefits one option may have over another. For example, when you’ve lost one or more teeth, your dentist might recommend replacing them with dental implants rather than a conventional bridge or partial denture. At our Livonia, MI, dentist’s office, we often recommend implants because of the many different benefits they offer compared to more conventional prostheses.

Their comfort and stability

A traditional dental bridge requires the support of two crowns that bonded to nearby healthy teeth (known as abutment teeth). Partial dentures require hidden clasps to remain stable, and full dentures rely on the curvature of your dental ridge for stability. Compared to conventional options, implant posts offer a more secure foundation of support. After the posts are implanted into your jawbone, we can utilize the posts to secure a prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture to your dental ridge.

Their realistic design

The greatest advantage of dental implants is that, by mimicking your lost teeth roots, they offer the most lifelike replacement option for your lost teeth. In addition to the highly lifelike appearance of your prosthesis, the implanted posts mimic the root structures of your lost teeth. They can offer comparable support for your replacement teeth as well as provide much-needed stimulation to your jawbone.

Their long-term advantages

Improved comfort and stability are important to the function of your dental prosthesis, but the benefits of dental implants also include the long-term health and integrity of your smile. For example, after suffering tooth loss, you might experience a loss in your jawbone’s mass and density due to the missing stimulation from your tooth root. Dental implants are the only way to reestablish this stimulation to slow down or stop the erosion of your jawbone structure.

Ask us about dental implants

Compared to conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants do much more for your smile’s appearance, bite function, and long-term oral health. For more information, call the James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI today at (734) 425-4400. We also proudly serve patients who live in Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and all surrounding communities.