Dentures vs. Implants
When you’re missing teeth, you need a solution, but what will work best for your smile and lifestyle? We’re here to talk about your options. There are pros and cons to both dentures and implants. What’s good for one person, might not work for another, so let’s break down the difference between dentures and implants!
Dentures have been around for decades, in fact, you probably know several people off the top of your head that have them. They are molded to your mouth and often held in place by an adhesive or adhesive strip. Wearers take them out at night and soak them for cleaning purposes. Some people like this flexibility. Others like that there’s a wide range of options when it comes to dentures and with a little work they look great, feel good in your mouth, and last a long time.
Dentures are a little easier on a person’s pocketbook. Fabrication of a denture can cost much less than an implant because there is much less of a process to go through.
Dentures do have kind of a bad rap though. One con of wearing dentures is that they cover your palate, so they will never feel like your own real teeth. Another is that your jaw becomes weaker the longer your dentures are out. Also, adhesives can fail at any time leaving your denture or dentures rattling around or letting food particles get in where they are not wanted.
Implants are a slightly newer technology. A titanium post is placed into the jaw and topped with a crown or a denture. The post fuses with the jawbone and solidly mimics the roots of real teeth. While adhesives can fail with traditional dentures, overdentures are always securely in place with the help of your permanent implant. Chewing and other activities are easier and more comfortable than before.
Your implant may last forever which is an added bonus. The crown or denture may need to be replaced after some time goes by, however, so you should take this into consideration.
Some disadvantages to implants include the high cost and strain placed on your budget if your dental insurance won’t cover the procedure. Dental implants require surgery which always comes with some level of risk whether that be infection, prolonged bleeding, nerve or tooth damage, delayed healing, or some other incident. Another con is that you can sometimes lose bone around your implants, so the original surgery and fabrication are a huge factor in the long-term health of your implants.
A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants, so for someone with certain bone and tissue contours a regular denture may never stay in place. An implant-supported denture is recommended when a person has enough bone in the jaw to support implants, so multiple implants, 2 or more, are placed in the jaw bone. Then the implants are topped with a snap-in mechanism and the denture has the other part of the snap placed in them.
The implants and a snap-in mechanism will ensure that your dentures stay in place. You’ll smile with the security of a tight-fitting denture. You can also easily remove the denture daily to clean the denture and gums. Snap-in dentures, also called InPlace Teeth, on dental implants truly can be smile- and life-changing
What do you think?
Hopefully, you are able to take all these factors into account when considering dentures vs. implants. It’s all about your lifestyle, health, and budget. With this article and a little help from your dentist, we hope you can make an educated decision. SmilesRForever offers a free consultation to help you in your decision, so call 618-939-4042 to schedule yours today.