Dentures vs. Implants: How to Choose?
Posted by HALLMARK DENTAL GROUP on Jul 9 2022, 06:50 AM
Your teeth play an important role in your overall health. Teeth affect your speech, your ability to chew food, and even your appearance. When a tooth is lost, other teeth tend to drift towards the gap. This can cause problems with your bite, causing pain, chewing, and speaking. It can also result in problems with your smile, as your smile may appear unbalanced. Hence, replacing missing teeth is essential for your overall and oral health.
Why Is It Important To Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have missing teeth, the following problems can occur:
- Decreasing jawbone density: Bone loss occurs naturally as you age. When you have missing teeth, your jawbone may not receive the stimulation it needs from chewing. As a result, your jawbone may become weaker, and your remaining teeth will shift.
- Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease: When a tooth is lost, the gum gets exposed and harbors food and bacteria, thus leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
- Difficulty speaking or chewing: When you have missing teeth, it's more difficult to speak clearly and chew your food. As a result, you may become self-conscious about smiling and speaking.
In order to prevent these conditions, it is vital to replace missing teeth. Read our blog to have an idea of the type of replacement that is best for you.
Dentures are artificial teeth that are held in place by suction and denture adhesive. Dentures sit on top of your gums, which are held in place by suction.
Pros of Dentures
- Dentures are less expensive than dental implants.
- If you want a quick teeth replacement option, dentures are an immediate solution than dental implants.
- Dentures are a less-invasive treatment option than dental implants.
Cons of Dentures
However, there are also some disadvantages.
- Dentures can cause sores and irritation in the mouth.
- Dentures don't look as natural as dental implants.
- Dentures don't last as long as implants.
- Dentures need adjustments and repairs according to the changes in the gums and face due to aging.
- Removable dentures cannot provide sufficient support to your jaw as dental implants can.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the jawbone. These implants are designed to act just like natural teeth. When cared for properly, dental implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement option.
Pros of Dental Implants
- Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth.
- They look and feel more natural than traditional dentures, as they replace the missing tooth root.
- Implants are easier to care for than dentures.
- Implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods.
- Implants last long, sometimes for decades, with proper care.
- Implants have a 95% success rate!
- Implants maintain the integrity of your jaw bone and facial structure.
Cons of Dental Implants
- Implants are an expensive tooth replacement option than dentures.
- The procedure for placing a dental implant is invasive.
- Those without sufficient jawbone density cannot undergo the dental implant procedure.
- For patients without enough jawbone, a bone grafting procedure will be required, further increasing the overall treatment cost.
- A dental implant procedure involves more treatment time and dental appointments compared to other options.
Which Is Better For You?
While both dentures and implants serve the same purpose, there are some clear differences between the two. Since dentures are a removable option, they are easier to clean and require less maintenance. On the other hand, dental implants are permanently attached to the jawbone, so you don't have to worry about them slipping out of place or falling out of your mouth. And implants can last a lifetime, though they are more expensive. If you have one or more missing teeth, you can make a choice of your tooth replacement option after carefully analyzing the advantages of both implants and dentures. Our dentist can help you make a choice after evaluating your oral health condition.
For more information on our dental services, schedule an appointment with our dentist at Hallmark Dental Group or visit our dental office in St George at 335 East St George Blvd #201, Saint George, UT 84770.