Implants vs. Dentures

Teeth can be damaged and lost due to a variety of circumstances. Injury, aging and other problems can result in missing teeth that can make life harder than it needs to be.

Many people find themselves dealing with one or more missing teeth, especially as they get older. Fortunately, implants and dentures are effective solutions for missing teeth that can provide you with a nice smile and functional teeth.

Implants and Dentures – Pros and Cons

Implants and dentures each have benefits and downsides to consider. These include:

Implants

Dental Implant

Dental implants are a modern solution to tooth loss that many people prefer over dentures. Implants serve as actual replacements for missing teeth.

As the name indicates, implants are implanted into the bone of your jaw or into the gum. Because they are implanted, they will remain in place indefinitely in most cases.

Implants can give you much the same sensation as an actual tooth, so you can eat and drink normally without really noticing your implant. They can also be made to appear completely natural and be colored to match your existing teeth.

The most significant downside to implants is that they cost more initially than dentures. However, the cost of upkeep and replacement for dentures can add up over the long term.

Dentures

Dentures are designed to serve as replacements for missing teeth. For thousands of years, dentures were the best solution available when someone lost a large number of teeth.

Modern dentures can be quite functional for chewing and eating and can be made to appear much like real teeth. They offer a more affordable solution compared to implants.

Dentures are a good option for patients with weak or unhealthy jaws and gums.

There are some negative aspects to dentures. They require denture adhesive to stay in place, and they usually need to be replaced every few years.

It is possible to get dentures if you have some teeth remaining. However, the dentures can cause infection or decay if they do not fit as they should.

Choosing Implants or Dentures

Implants are a good choice if you:

  • Want a long-term solution
  • Have a healthy jaw and gums
  • Can afford the initial investment

Dentures are a good choice if you:

  • Need a solution that will help you speak and chew normally
  • Have an unhealthy jaw and gums
  • Need a more affordable option

Learn About Your Options at Dental Paradise

We know it can be difficult to determine if implants or dentures are right for you. If you are looking for a solution for missing teeth, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dental team.

A member of our dental team can examine your teeth and gums and let you know what options are most likely to be effective for you. After a discussion with the dentist, you can the implants or dentures you need to feel and look your best.

Please contact Dental Paradise now to schedule an appointment with our friendly dental team. 770.428.1919