Dentures or Dental Implants? Choose which is best for you
As you advance in age, gradually losing your teeth becomes a frightening reality. However, with the advent of dentures and more recently, dental implants, there is no need to fear or worry about tooth loss in your old age. Both are great options to help keep you smiling confidently in public, but which is the best choice for you?
We spoke with Dr. Holly Gregory, a periodontist who services both dentures and dental implants in Kingwood, TX. This is some of her advice.
Dental implants are more natural-looking and won’t come loose
Before dental implants became a thing, dentures were the only option for people suffering from tooth loss. Dentures are fundamentally false teeth attached to your gums using denture adhesive pastes or creams, and they help give the appearance of a complete set of teeth.
If the adhesive used is of poor quality, it could fail to hold your dentures properly in place and said dentures might fall off while speaking or eating, much to your considerable embarrassment. Dental implants, on the other hand, are ‘implanted’ right into your jaw and always fit. Where dentures are false teeth and provide the illusion of realness, implants are more or less the real thing.
They are modern, actual replacements of your natural teeth. Thus, they tend to look more natural than dentures and what’s more, you could never run the risk of them falling off even when you chew hard.
However, dentures produced nowadays tend to look quite natural, and virtually no one would be able to suspect that you’re wearing false teeth. And as long as you’re using quality adhesives and abstaining from certain hard and chewy foods, there really is no need to fear that your false teeth are going to slip or worse, fall off in public.
Dental implants offer lifelong solutions to tooth and bone loss
One of the disadvantages of using dentures is that you would have to replace them every few years. In contrast, once you get your dental implants, they are basically for life. You never have to replace them.
An important fact to remember is that dentures are a façade; they in no way affect the underlying bone or jaw issue that led to your tooth loss. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and keep your facial structure intact for years to come.
So, with dentures, your jaw can deteriorate, and your face shrinks over time, while with implants, you can keep looking young for a very long time.
Dental implants are easier to use and maintain
Dentures need to be removed regularly for special cleaning. This maintenance could become quite tiring after a while. When putting them back into your mouth, you also have to carefully and correctly apply the right amount of adhesive to help secure the dentures. Simply put, dentures are a chore to live with.
With dental implants, however, you get comfort at its peak. They are like brand-new teeth. You just care for them the way you would your natural teeth. No undue stress or extra effort required.
Dentures are great options for weak gums
If you have a case of unhealthy or weak gums rather than loose or missing teeth, then it might be more cost-effective and generally more advisable to go the way of dentures. In cases where you have a few teeth missing, partial dentures might be a recommended option rather than dental implants.
However, ensure the partial dentures fit your mouth correctly because if they don’t, they can make you feel profoundly uncomfortable, irritate your gums, contribute to decay, sores, and infections in your oral cavity, and put your remaining natural teeth at risk.
Dental implants are cheaper than dentures (over the long-term)
Cost is the major deciding factor for most people when it comes to choosing between dentures and dental implants. Since dentures are always touted as the less expensive option of the two, your instinct is to be budget-friendly and stick with some false teeth.
Unfortunately, this long-held notion is sadly false, as dental implants, and not dentures, remain the cheaper, yes cheaper, choice. In fact, getting dental implants is a wise lifetime investment.
How? At first, glance, getting a dental implant costs way more than acquiring dentures. So, you decide to get dentures. But you would also need to purchase denture adhesives and cleaning solutions, and then several years down the line, shell out more cash to repair or replace these dentures.
Before you know it, you have spent way more on your dentures than you would have if you had gone for implants in the first place. With tooth implants, no additional dental implant costs exist aside from the flat fee you pay upfront, and there is no need for replacement or repair in the future.
After duly considering the pros and cons of both dental implants and dentures, choosing the right one for you should be a straightforward step to take. If most of your teeth are still available and you can get well-fitting partial dentures, then do so.
But get ready to spend on these dentures every few years. If you like a once-and-for-all upfront payment and a comfortable long-term option that requires very low maintenance financially and otherwise, then dental implants are the way to go.