Dentures vs Implants. When you are missing one, some, or all of your teeth, these are two main options that dentists typically recommend.
Each of these treatments has its own list of pros and cons that may make it a better option for your situation. Your dentist can make a recommendation, but the decision is ultimately yours. Consider these dentures vs implants: pros and cons to make an informed decision that will benefit your long-term health.
All About Dentures
For many decades, dentures were the only option for replacing missing teeth. You probably know at least one person in your life who has had a set of removable teeth, often a parent or grandparent.
Dentures are molded to fit your mouth and are held in place by an adhesive. They are typically removed each day before bedtime and soaked overnight for cleaning. No matter how good dentures are, they are never going to feel 100 percent like your real teeth.
However, some people enjoy the flexibility of taking their teeth in and out as needed. Be aware, though, that the longer your dentures are out of your mouth, the weaker your jaw becomes without the pressure of teeth to support.
You might be a good candidate for dentures if your jaw is too weak to support more dental implants. However, be aware that even the best denture adhesive does not work all the time and your dentures might fall out from time to time.
Like many things, there’s a range of options when it comes to choosing dentures. Quality should be a top concern as you want braces to look great, feel good, and last as long as possible. Dentures will be essential for daily activities like eating and smiling, and it’s not a place to cut corners.
A set of dentures will last around five years, so most people will need to replace at least one set over the course of their time wearing them.
All About Implants
Implants consist of a titanium post covered by a crown or denture (called overdentures). Implants actually look and feel like real teeth! The implant post integrates with your jawbone and mimics the roots of your natural teeth, which is much better for your jawbone than traditional dentures.
When implants and dentures are used together they are called overdentures. Overdentures utilize the latest in dental technology to make dentures feel as close to natural teeth as possible because they clip on to your implants.
While traditional dentures are held in place using temporary adhesives which often results in slipping, overdentures never slip or slide since they are affixed to a permanent implant. Implants, by themselves or when used with dentures, make chewing, talking, and other activities easier and more comfortable than traditional dentures.
Dental implants should last a lifetime. In fact, some dental offices provide a lifetime warranty on the implant. However, the crown often needs to be replaced which makes implants a much more permanent solution than dentures.
Overall, implants are more expensive than dentures but it will last longer and create a more natural feeling in your mouth.
Which is Right for You?
When choosing between implants and dentures, you will need to consider factors like your lifestyle, your budget, and your health. It’s important to decide what you are willing to compromise and what you are not because you might not find a solution that perfectly meets all three needs.
The good news is that most dental offices offer free consultations to thoroughly discuss your options with you, and help you weigh the pros and cons.