Dental Implants vs Dentures
Dental Implants vs Dentures
There are aspects of aging that are inevitable. The body becomes weaker, and certain parts, like our teeth, can break down. Years of decay and exposure to food particles can lead to losing most teeth in old age.
Missing teeth does not just effect how your smile looks like. It can hinder your ability to chew and even talk. Losing teeth also means losing the bones that used to attach them to your jaw. Eventually, this can affect the structures of your jaw, making your cheeks look hollow and empty. Therefore, the choice between dental implants vs dentures should be based on more than just aesthetics. There are many factors that should be considered, supporting a discussion with your dentist about your options.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
Commonly referred to as “false teeth” and are made of materials like acrylic or porcelain. They are created to fill in space where you have lost teeth and have been the most popular choice for decades because dentures are easy to create. In one day, the dentist can extract teeth (if necessary) and the dentures can be fitted same day.
Dentures are quick and cheap, which is why they are popular with retirees or people who might be living on a tight budget. Denture prices typically remain They are also recommended for those who have weak gums or jaws because dental implants require more stability. Dentures work especially well in supporting facial muscles, helping maintain a natural look.
The list of its disadvantages is longer. First, they are not fixed, so they tend to move or dislodge when eating. They may also feel uncomfortable and make eating and speaking a bit more difficult. They need more cleaning and maintenance as well as replacements periodically. The best dentures you can buy normally last between 5 to 7 years; otherwise, old dentures can lead to problems with chewing or lead to a sunken appearance.
Implant Dentistry is the solution for those who do not want removable dentures. The dental implant acts as the artificial root for teeth and is usually made of titanium.
However, dental implant procedure might not be suitable for everyone, so a thorough check has to be done by the dentist beforehand. A 3D scan is required to check the quality and quantity of bone. The cosmetic dentist will plan where the implants will be inserted.
Implants will eventually be installed through surgery, and in about 3-4 months, the implants will fuse into your jawbone. Afterward, an abutment or a sculpted replacement tooth is attached to the implant to support the bridge, crown, or fixed denture. Dental implants can restore full functionality of teeth and look natural. When properly maintained, implants can last a lifetime.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
The main advantage is that implants are permanent and feel like natural teeth. They can be brushed and flossed much like your other teeth. Moreover, they protect your jawbone from further deterioration and they lessen the risk of cavities developing.
However, the process takes more time and cost of full set of dental implants is obviously much more than dentures. Like any surgery there are risks involved, and it is not a procedure recommended to those with unsuitable gums or jaws. It is also not suitable for smokers.
Other than these pros and cons, there are important factors that come into play when you decide whether to get dentures or a permanent solution.
- Health of gums and mouth
- Smoker or non Smoker
In the end, both dentures and dental implants will allow you to enjoy a full smile and restore some chewing capability. So whichever you choose, you will reap the benefit of having a full set of teeth (both natural and artificial) again. For more information please visit our homepage or contact the office of Arthur Glosman DDS in Beverly Hills.