When it comes to getting your smile back, dental implants vs. dentures are the two most popular options many seniors turn to. They both have their pros and cons, and in this blog post, we’ll lay out the facts about each option so you can make an informed decision about which will work best for your needs.
Dentures are removable prosthetics by your remaining tooth and gum tissues. They’re an economical alternative to bridges or implants since they’re less expensive to manufacture but can’t be used as a single tooth replacement like implants. That’s why dentures are often referred to as “false teeth.”
Types of dentures
There are two main types of dentures, partial and complete. Partial dentures only cover a few teeth and can be attached to your existing natural teeth or gums. Full dentures are more enormous and more cumbersome but can replace all of your natural teeth, except for the uppers in some cases.
- Denture treatment offers the fastest recovery time than any other dental restoration treatment.
- Your dentures will be just like your natural teeth
- They are available in a wide range of styles and colors
- They offer you the option of being able to provide your denture care at home, unlike appliances
- Denture replacement is a long-term solution, so you don’t have to worry about the cost of maintaining them
- It can take some trial and error to find the right size and type of dentures that fit your mouth comfortably
- You will have to remove your dentures every night to clean them, which can become time-consuming.
- You cannot eat or speak properly if you have dentures fitted with metal clasps as these are prone to breaking
- Your dentures can be easily lost, damaged, or forgotten
Full-arch dental implants
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth and provide a foundation for replacement teeth and dental bridges. The metal roots are placed into the jawbone, anchored by anchor screws that hold the implants in your mouth. Your doctor will then attach “teeth” onto your implant that look, feel, and function like natural teeth so you can eat, speak and smile usually.
Types of implants
There are several different dental implants with varying surgical complications and expense levels. The two most popular options are:
- Endosteal implants use a screw to secure the implant into place.
- Subperiosteal implants use a screw and plate to secure the implant.
- Implant treatment offers a permanent solution for missing teeth and is currently the only long-term option for replacing all of your teeth.
- They look, feel and function like your natural teeth once you get used to them.
- You can eat, speak and smile generally after implant surgery.
- The risk of surgical complications is higher with implant treatment than with removable prosthetics.
- The cost of implants is much higher than dentures or prosthetic teeth, so they only make sense in a few cases.
- Implants are more challenging to maintain than removable prosthetics since you will need regular dental exams and x-rays and will be advised to use mouthwash frequently.
Which is Better for You?
Implants and dentures are good choices depending on your circumstances. If you are serious about them, you should visit Brand New Smile Dental Implant Center for an expert consultation.
Here are some circumstances which would suit an implant or denture:
- Dentures are probably the best option if you have a few missing teeth. Instead, you’ll have a more extensive selection of styles and colors, and they can be easily removed to clean them at night.
- Dental implants may make more sense if you are missing several teeth since they last longer, blend with your remaining teeth, and stay firmly in place once correctly fitted.
However, dental implants may not be a viable choice for many seniors with limited budgets without some financial assistance from an insurance policy or government program like Medicaid. Consider how long you need a new dental solution and how much treatment will cost since these are often the deciding factors.
In conclusion, you should consider that implants and dentures are good options for replacing missing teeth but may not be suitable for everyone. Be sure to consult with your dentist to discuss your circumstances to know which option will work best.