If you’re considering a smile, make over but not sure your options. We’re going to break down the pros & cons of dentures vs. implants. There’s a few reasons you could be considering these options. One you have missing or broken teeth. Two you want to feel confident while smiling. What ever the underlying reasons are you need to know what the best options
What are they:
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable & must be placed in liquid overnight.
• Dentures are less costly than implants and therefore are the most affordable option for some patients.
• Many people choose to start with dentures. Since they are less expensive a patient may try them out and see how they feel.
• If you have just had teeth removed recently, starting with dentures will allow your body time to heal before considering implants.
• Depending on the location of the missing teeth, dentures may be a perfect solution. (Patients often find upper dentures look good and are easy to wear.)
• The process to create the dentures is non-invasive. No surgery required.
• If additional teeth are lost in the future, it is easy to modify the dentures to accommodate the loss.
• They do not quite look as natural as dental implants.
• They must be removed and thoroughly cleaned regularly. Many patients find the cleaning of cups and adhesives undesirable because they are messy and expensive.
• Dentures are not worn overnight.
• Sometimes dentures slip around making it difficult to speak and eat.
• Certain foods cannot be eaten with dentures. Examples include caramel, apples and corn on the cob.
• There’s an increased risk of gum disease if food is trapped by the dentures.
• They frequently need replacement (every 3 to 6 years compared to 20+ years for dental implants). Also, they’ll break if dropped, requiring replacement.
• Partial dentures are known to weaken the adjacent natural teeth that provide support for the dentures.
What are they:
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
• They’re easy to care for. Just brush and floss as you do your natural teeth.
• Implants look and feel like natural teeth since the root and tooth is replaced.
• Implants allow you to eat any food including things that are sticky and crunchy.
• Dental implants don’t affect speech.
• Bones and adjacent teeth are preserved. Further deterioration is not a problem. They’re less likely to require future dental procedures.
• With proper care, dental implants will last for decades.
• They can be expensive.
• Surgical procedure(s) is required.
At Smile Max 365 we have an in house denture & implant laboratory. You can schedule a free exam here