Dentures vs. implants – why would I choose them?
Both dentures and implants are common dental appliances that may solve the problem of one or multiple missing teeth. There are pros and cons to both and which one an individual chooses is dependent on several factors. Let’s look at why a person might prefer one to the other.
The advantages of dental implants
Implants are a way to replace teeth so that they look and feel natural. Once the procedure is complete, no one will know the difference between your original teeth and your implants. In addition, with implants, you don’t have to worry about not being able to eat certain foods or biting down on something. Implants are secure and act just as natural teeth do.
These are compelling reasons to choose dental implants. When done correctly by a reputable, experienced dentist, implants are long-lasting, beautiful and natural. It is important to note that implants require care and excellent oral hygiene, just like your original teeth. It is easy to see why many people would prefer implants to dentures, however, there are downsides to implants.
The downsides of implants
Implants are a complex procedure that requires several steps. Getting implants is a process that takes place over a period of months. Installing the implants is a surgical procedure and there may be additional procedures involved, such as bone grafts. There is a degree of patience required and some discomfort involved with healing from surgery.
The advantages of dentures
While dentures may not have the same benefits that implants do, they offer a lower-cost alternative. Today’s dentures are much better quality than those in the past. They come in full and partials sets and do not require any surgery or invasive procedures. For people who don’t have the bone or gum health for implants, dentures are a good alternative.
The downside of dentures
A denture wearer has to be conscious of the fact that dentures can slip out during eating or talking if they are not properly adhered. They can be uncomfortable and they can also promote further gum and bone deterioration.
Choosing between implants and dentures depends on the individual, what they can afford and what their lifestyle and personal preferences are. Either of these dental solutions for missing teeth can be a good choice and as dental technology continues to rapidly advance, each solution gets better with time.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, we invite you to make an appointment to discuss your particular circumstances and whether implants or dentures would be the most appropriate solution for you.