Have you lost one or more of your teeth to infection or injury? For one reason or another, many people end up losing a tooth or multiple teeth at some point in their adult lives. Missing teeth can create discomfort, embarrassment, and even social anxiety.
If you have missing teeth, there are several solutions that will restore your smile, allow you to chew and speak comfortably and protect your other teeth for years to come.
You’ve likely already heard about dentures and dental implants. While both will solve a similar problem, do you know which solution could be right for you?
Below we will discuss the difference between dentures and dental implants. Remember that speaking with your dentist first will assure that you are choosing an option that is right for you, and your situation.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances. Dentures replace missing teeth along with some of the surrounding gum tissue.
Partial dentures are used primarily to fill in missing teeth. Partial dentures use clasps, or precision attachments fitted onto crowns to stay in place, and need some of the surrounding natural teeth for support.
Full or complete dentures replace all of the teeth in either the upper, lower, or both jaws. They are fitted to rest directly on the gums.
Dentures are created out of porcelain to resemble your natural teeth, with a gum colored acrylic base.
Dentures need to be removed, maintained and cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush and a denture cleaner, and need to be replaced every 5-7 years for proper fit and appearance.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone via a titanium post and are not removable. Dental implants feel and act as a natural tooth and do not need to be removed for cleaning.
Many patients find that dental implants feel more like a natural tooth, for they do not slip, or move while chewing or talking.
Dental implants are made out of titanium, which makes them much more durable, and unlike dentures they don’t need to be replaced.
What to Consider When Choosing Dental Implants vs Dentures?
Although the right choice will vary depending on your circumstances, there are some factors to consider when deciding between dental implants vs dentures:
Dentures are typically covered by most dental insurance plans. Dental implants, however, are often classified as a cosmetic procedure and are not covered by most insurance plans.
Dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years, while dental implants that are properly cared for can last a lifetime.
Long-term oral health:
Dentures, especially when not fitted properly can accelerate bone loss. Dental implants can reduce your risk of losing more teeth by preserving bone and preventing gum tissue from shrinking.
Dentures will need to be taken out and cleaned daily, while dental Implants can be maintained by brushing and flossing, very much like your regular teeth.
Dentures can often feel bulky and can move and shift when talking or chewing. Dental implants look, feel and act like your own teeth.
Are you considering dentures or dental implants? Contact Dr. Fred Blum & Associates for a consultation. We will review all the pros and cons with you, and help you choose the best option that fits your needs.