Your Options

dentures and dental implants

When replacing missing teeth, you have options. Dentures and implants differ in longevity, comfort, confidence while wearing and cost. Dr. Roger Harris, III has helped many families in Greer, SC to determine the right choice for their objectives.

Considerations

  • Definition

    Dentures

    Removable replacements for teeth on either the upper or lower set. They can be partial (for one tooth or more, also called bridges) or complete (for the whole set).

    Implants

    Permanent replacements thatlook, feel and function like natural teeth are anchored directly to the jaw. Implants can replace any number of missing teeth.

  • Comfort & Fit

    Dentures

    Over time dentures can cause irritation and sores or become loose fitting due to shrinking gum tissue. Anchors can wear down the neighboring teeth as well.

    Implants

    Permanent replacements thatlook, feel and function like natural teeth are anchored directly to the jaw. Implants can replace any number of missing teeth.

  • Cosmetic

    Dentures

    Since you are “wearing” something that is not normally in your mouth, dentures can affect your smile or even how you talk. This can affect your overall self confidence.

    Implants

    Some people actually experience a better smile and image with implants. Again, there’s nothing external to the teeth to create difficulty speaking or smiling.

  • Durability

    Dentures

    With age and use new sets may need to be made to fit the changing gum tissue and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Because they are removable, there is additional risk of damage to the structure, breakage or even loss.

    Implants

    With good continued care implants are designed to last a lifetime.

  • Eating & Drinking

    Dentures

    Due to shifting and risk of staining or damage, dentures require special care while eating and drinking. In some cases, the upper or lower palate is covered, which can also affect the ability to fully taste foods.

    Implants

    Implants offer the same strength and chewing function as real teeth and present no hindrance to normal eating or drinking.

  • Cost

    Dentures

    Dentures can be constructed quickly and they initially costless than implants. However there are ongoing costconsiderations such as maintenance, adhesives andpotential replacement.

    Implants

    Require significant investment upfront and the procedure can be time consuming. But the result is a permanent, virtually maintenance-free solution that looks, feels and functions like real teeth.

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“My visit to Dr. Harris’s office was by far the best experience I’ve ever had at a dentist’s office. From the moment I walked through the door, I felt at home. The staff is phenomenal, a top notch bunch of professionals. Julie made me feel very comfortable the whole time. I give them 6 stars for exceeding my expectations!”