Partial vs. Dental Implants

Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Thu, 05/24/2012

To replace multiple missing teeth, partial dentures and implant dentistry are two common options. Although partial dentures remain a viable option for many patients, dental implants offer many long-term benefits for the function and comfort of your teeth and mouth.

The advantages of dental implants over partials include:

  • Prevents bone resorption beneath your gums
  • Prevents collapsed facial appearance caused by resorbed bone
  • Does not rely on surrounding teeth for support
  • Dental crown provides a natural-looking tooth replacement
  • Long-term tooth replacement can last many decades

Partial dentures are supported by your gums and the teeth surrounding the location of the missing tooth. Partials may cause gum discomfort and irritation, and can sometimes cause your gums to recede. Because partial dentures do not replace the missing tooth root, deterioration of the bone beneath your gums may occur.

Natural tooth roots sustain the health and density of the boney ridge supporting your teeth. When a tooth root is missing, the bone in the area can begin to resorb. Eventually, the deficient bone can cause the lower third of your face to look collapsed. Implant dentistry provides a way to replace a missing tooth and root.

To learn more about implant dentistry in Wilson, North Carolina, please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles, DDS, to schedule a free dental implant consultation.

Dixon Boles & Associates