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Posted on: February 3, 2016


If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, we encourage you to visit our Williamsburg, VA dental office to learn more about dental implants and dentures.  These are two very different solutions but both can be used to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile.  The key is to make your appointment and replace your teeth right away.  To schedule an appointment with Edward A. Owens DMD, call (757) 229-6414.

Comparing Dental Implants to Dentures

In our 23188 dental office, we treat patients that prefer dental implants while others prefer dentures.  The main difference between the two is that one is a solution that is permanent while the other is removable.  If you are not ready to commit to permanent teeth replacements or want to wait for health reasons, dentures may be a good temporary solution. However, for their permanency and durability, nothing can beat dental implants.

Comparing Appearances

As an implant dentist, we know how natural dental implants look.  The tooth portion is created in a dental lab using measurements, shade cards, and an impression of your other teeth.  They are designed to look flawless and blend naturally with your other teeth. They blend in so well that many of our Williamsburg patients cannot remember which one of their teeth is not natural.  While dentures look far more natural today than they used to, a partial set will still need to be secured with wires and hooks; and a full set will not have the subtle changes that natural teeth always do.

Comparing the Process

Some people prefer dentures because you can receive a partial or full set of teeth without the need to undergo surgery.  After measurements and an impression are taken, the dentures are created in a lab.  They will need to be fitted with visits to our 23188 dental office and once the changes have been made, they should fit securely.  While this can take a few appointments, the process is entirely non-invasive.

When you receive dental implants, you will be going through a surgical process where a titanium post is inserted under your gums and secured to the jawbone.  As an implant dentist, Edward A. Owens DMD can complete the process without complication.  However, it does take time for the gums to heal and osseointegration to take place.  The good news is that once that is done, your new tooth will be as secure as a natural one would be.  In other words, it takes more time but is entirely worth it.

Comparing Life with Dentures vs. Dental Implants

When you visit our Williamsburg, VA office for dentures, we will provide you with a set that is comfortable, fits well and looks as natural as possible.  You will need to remove it at night for cleaning and soaking but during the day, it will provide a secure fit. The challenge is that dentures will never feel like natural teeth. Many patients complain that they feel heavy or awkward at first and it can be challenging to get used to eating with them.  When you visit us for dental implants, you will not have any of these problems.  Once your new teeth are placed, you will be able to eat like and speak like normal and treat your implants just like you would your natural teeth.  This is the most secure and durable solution and there will be no discernable difference in your daily life.  You can run a marathon, eat a steak and laugh like crazy – all without worrying about your teeth.  That freedom is the biggest advantage of replacing teeth with dental implants.

To schedule an appointment with Edward A. Owens DMD, call (757) 229-6414.  We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about dental implants and dentures.

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