Dental Implants vs Dentures Rockville, MD

Congressional Dental Care in Rockville, MD, offers several replacement options for missing teeth to restore your oral health. The best treatment for you will depend on your personal oral health needs and cosmetic goals. We will evaluate your gums and tooth loss before presenting you with all your treatment options. Two of our most popular options include dentures and dental implants.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh and Dr. Sina Farzin provide patients with quality dental implant services in our Rockville dental office. A dental implant is a titanium post that we surgically place into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Then one of our dentists will use that post to attach a replacement tooth.

Dentists recommend dental implants over removable appliances because they last longer and have more natural-looking results. Dental implants also offer long-term benefits for dental health when compared to dentures as well as dental bridges. Dr. Farzin provides gum and bone grafting for patients who have advanced gum disease and require additional treatments.


Dentures are custom-made artificial teeth that replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue. They are not permanent meaning you can remove them and put them back in when needed. Full dentures can replace a whole row of missing teeth. Partial dentures can replace gaps of missing teeth that sit next to each other, but can damage surrounding teeth.

Our local dental lab makes these prosthetics using digital impressions of your mouth. Dentures take some time to adjust to, and require a lot of care.

Cost Comparison

Dentures cost less than dental implants upfront, especially if you are replacing multiple missing teeth. However, you may need to replace, adjust, or reline dentures over time. This cost can add up depending on the wear and tear. Dental implants cost more but are a permanent solution, and if cared for properly, they will last forever.

Another thing to consider is dental insurance. Insurance plans may cover between 15% to 50% of the cost of dentures depending on your dental plan. Since dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure, dental insurance will not cover them leaving you to pay the full cost. You must check with your dental insurance provider to see if they cover a portion of the implant dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.

Fit and Function

A face without teeth will appear sunken and can add years to your appearance. Both dentures and dental implants will hold the natural shape of your face and lower jaw area. But with dentures, you may need to apply a gooey adhesive every time you wear them to hold them in your mouth.

With dental implants, you won’t need to do this extra step. The dentist surgically places them and you can treat them like a normal tooth. Also, dentures may be a bit uncomfortable because they cover a large portion of your mouth with plastic depending on the type of dentures you need. They may feel weird in your mouth and take some time to adjust to because they’re bulky.

Dentures will deliver about a 30 to 40% normal chewing function. Dental implants on the other hand will deliver a 100% normal chewing function. The constant worry that your teeth may fall out while eating is not an issue with dental implants. Oftentimes, dentures may slip around or may not fit correctly leaving you with the worry of falling out.

Bone Loss

If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that void can cause bone loss and deterioration in your jawbone. Rockville, MD dentists Dr. Sarkarzadeh and Dr. Farzin will recommend dental implants over dentures. Dental implants are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss in the future.

Learn More About Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth and love the benefits of dental implants in Rockville, MD, schedule a consultation with us. Dr. Sarkarzadeh or Dr. Farzin will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and more to decide if dental implants are right for you. Congressional Dental Care is currently accepting new patients! Call us for tooth replacement services at (301) 276-4694 today.