Dental Implants vs Dentures and Bridges Memphis TN

Dr. Elizabeth Lee offers several replacement options for missing teeth in her Memphis, TN dentist office. The best treatment for you will depend on your personal oral health needs and cosmetic goals. Dr. Lee will evaluate your gums and teeth and present you with all of your treatment options. She will also explain the pros and cons of each treatment and how they will benefit you.

Dental implants are recommended over removable appliances because they last longer and have more natural looking result. Dental implants also offer long term benefits for dental health when compared to dentures as well as dental bridges. Although more costly, it’s crucial to recognize that dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Dental bridges and dentures will require costly repairs and replacement.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. With a nearly 98% success rate, dental implants offer a permanent and secure missing tooth treatment option. There are many benefits of dental implant including:

  • Helps to avoid bone loss and gum recession associated with tooth loss.
  • Avoids degradation of healthy teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
  • Improves appearance of smile and lower face
  • Patients can eat food without restrictions
  • No worry of dentures slipping or falling out
  • Look exactly like your natural teeth
  • Superior durability and longevity
  • Improves speech
  • Increases comfort

Memphis, TN dentist, Dr. Lee, can use dental implants to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of your teeth. Dental implants are capped with a dental restoration that is custom fit to your smile. Dental restorations now use the latest in dental materials for a natural looking tooth replacement.


For a long time, dentures have been the only option for replacing a full set of missing teeth. With the advancements in dental technology, dentures are now more realistic in appearance and provide greater comfort and fit.

If you choose dentures to replace your missing teeth, Dr. Lee gives you the option to have a removable denture, or a dental implant secured denture.

Removable dentures can sometimes move or shift while eating and chewing causing embarrassment or a lack of self-confidence. Traditional removable dentures require special daily and thorough cleanings. Dentures do not support the structure of the jaw bone and patients may experience gradual bone loss and deterioration of the structure of the jaw.


Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. In the past, dental bridges could only be secured by filing down the existing teeth to use as posts for the bridge. The bridge could then be snapped on and off of these filed down teeth.

Dental bridges are more cost effective than dental implants and may provide a temporary solution for missing teeth. But they offer some disadvantages such as creating damage to healthy teeth, tooth decay to surrounding teeth, and they do not last as long as dental implants.

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Schedule a Consultation

If you are missing teeth or just one tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee to learn about dental implants vs dentures and bridges. She will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see which option is right for you.