Whether it’s a single tooth or many, missing teeth can have a negative impact on your self esteem, speaking, and eating patterns. Many individuals are not aware of the many new advances in dentistry which make it possible to remedy these difficulties, either by traditional dental implants and dentures, or several new alternatives.
Even so, the two most popular long-term fixes are dental implants and dentures. Keep reading to learn more about the nuances of each procedure to decide which is best for you.
Dentures work by replacing missing teeth and gum tissue and are offered in full or partial sets. Depending on your needs, the false teeth are fitted properly to the upper or lower jaw.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or a few missing teeth. They are either supporter by precision attachments fitted onto crowns or clasps around existing teeth. They come with a gum-colored acrylic base which adds support to the denture. In some cases, they come with a metal framework for added support and strength.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
Full and partial dentures are often the first type of tooth replacement technology individuals try. While their popularity has remained steady over the years, they are not without their pros and cons.
- Dentures are the safer choice for helping the gums heal after tooth removal
- Dentures are less expensive than implants
- They can be easily modified if and when additional teeth are removed
- Creating dentures is a non-invasive procedure resulting in faster results without the need for post surgical healing
- Dentures are not as natural looking as implants
- Can negatively affect speech
- Dentures cannot be worn overnight and need to be removed for cleaning
- Incorrect cleaning or use of cleaning solutions can negatively affect the appearance and longevity of the denture
- Partial dentures may weaken the natural teeth that support it
- Dentures typically only last from 5 to 8 years, thus necessitating denture replacements over time
- Wearing dentures restricts you from eating certain foods such as corn on the cob, caramel, and hard foods
- Dentures have the tendency to shift when eating or talking. This can make one uneasy and feel awkward
- Food can become trapped under the dentures, raising your risk for gum disease and other oral ailments
- If your dentures are not properly fitted, they can cause sores and irritation along the gumline
- For added security, even properly fitted dentures will often require denture adhesive to keep them securely in place
Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures which provide realistic tooth replacement that replicates your natural teeth. Implants are held in place by titanium posts that are anchored into the jawbone and connected to the prosthetic material. Teeth implants are, unlike dentures, not removable, and can be used as permanent replacement to teeth, crowns, and even bridges.
Pros and Cons of Implants
For many, implants may seem like the superior form of dental care. While this may be true for some individuals, they also have their own unique drawbacks.
- When they are properly cared for, implants can last for decades
- Implants are taken care of in the same way you would care for your natural teeth
- Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. This is because they replace both the tooth and its root
- Implants do not affect speech
- There are no necessary food restrictions
- They do not weaken adjacent teeth and bones
- Implants are costly
- Surgery is required
While dentures are cheaper than implants, their price depends on the quality of dentures you choose. The higher the material quality and technique used to make them, the more durable and realistic the dentures will be. This will, however, make them far more expensive.
Implants are always the more expensive of the two with price depending on the extent of work a patient needs. The location and number of implants needed will have the largest impact on price, closely followed by the extent of diagnostic testing required by the dentist.
Which is it: Implants or Dentures?
When it comes to look, feel, durability, strength, and function, dental implants are generally regarded as the better option for teeth replacement. They can preserve the gum tissue and jawbone and are more natural than dentures.
However, implants are not for everybody. Certain medical conditions may cause implant failure. They are not also for people who do not want to undergo oral surgery or those who cannot quit smoking or have a weakened immune system. When choosing which is best for you, consider your budget, your needs, and address any concerns with your dental health professional.
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