If you’re missing teeth or suffer from significant dental decay, your dentist might recommend dental implants or dentures to restore your smile. It can seem difficult to make the right decision with so much information to weed through. Here is what you need to know about dental implants and dentures to make an informed decision about which procedure is best for you.
Dental implants are more expensive than dentures. If you need to replace many teeth, dentures could be a cost-effective way to do so. If you have individual missing teeth that are not next to each other, a dental implant can replace just the tooth that is missing. However, most patients who are comparing dentures and dental implants need to replace a number of teeth.
Dental implants are considered permanent and should last for the remainder of your life. For seniors in their 80s or 90s, it is possible that a pair of quality dentures that are well-maintained could also last. For younger patients, dental implants can make a lot of sense.
Number of Missing Teeth
The number of missing teeth that you need to replace can have a significant impact on the decision of choosing dentures over dental implants. If you are missing most of your teeth in a section of your mouth or all of your teeth, dentures are often a more realistic solution. If money is not a factor and a patient can choose to replace all of their teeth with dental implants, it theoretically is possible. Many dentists would still recommend dentures at this point.
The process of getting dental implants takes time. In many cases, you can expect the process to be completed in six months. After the implant is placed, your mouth needs time to heal before the abutment and crown are added. For dentures, any remaining teeth need to be extracted and the dentures need to be fitted. This can be accomplished much faster. If you need a quicker solution, dentures could work.
Dental implants function like natural teeth. Compared to traditional dentures, which can shift or lead to changes in your jaw’s bone density, dental implants allow you to have the same bite and ease of talking as regular teeth. This doesn’t mean that dentures are bad or that you’ll have a negative experience while wearing them. You just need to make sure to have them adjusted and checked by your dentist regularly.
There are some hybrid approaches that combine the benefits of dental implants with the practicality of dentures. This includes implant-supported dentures. Since not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, it can be a good alternative to discuss with your dentist.
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To learn more or to schedule a consultation for dental implants or dentures, contact Periodontal Associates today at 508-875-6185 (Framingham) or 617-964-6185 (Newton).