Dental Implants and Dentures-Greenville Dentist

DENTAL IMPLANTS, DENTURES & DENTAL BRIDGES FOR MISSING TEETH

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
Comfort & Fit
Cosmetic
Durability
Eating & Drinking
Cost
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 that look, 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 that look, 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 cost considerations such as maintenance, adhesives and potential 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.

Cost of Treatment and Dental Insurance

The exact amount you pay for treatment will vary based on a number of factors, including your dental treatment plan, insurance coverage and other variables. We work with dental insurance companies and file insurance claims on your behalf. Most insurance plans do not offer full coverage, so we will estimate your expected payment for the remaining balance. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash, checks and payment plans from Care Credit. We do not accept Medicaid.

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