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 social anxiety, but there is good news! Today, dentists like the ones at Smile Exchange offer a variety of solutions to quickly and effectively replace missing teeth and restore confidence in your smile.
You’ve likely heard about a few tooth replacement options such as dentures and implants, but how do you know which solution could be right for you? While both dentures and implants solve a similar problem, they are very different methods of treatment. Below discusses the difference between dentures and implants, as well as the pros and cons for each.
Dentures are a complete set of false teeth that help restore the original functionality and aesthetic of the mouth. Dentures may also come in the form of partial dentures, or partials, which can be used when some of your natural teeth still remain. Depending on whether or not you have healthy teeth remaining, your dentist may recommend either complete or partial dentures, should you be a good candidate for this method of treatment.
With advancements in modern dental technology, the texture and coloring of dentures helps them appear more natural, mimicking the aesthetic of real teeth. Dentures are removable, so an adhesive paste is applied to your mouth to temporarily keep them in place while speaking and eating. Although dentures offer a great solution for some, they are not permanent and must be frequently taken out and cleaned.
- Less expensive than implants
- Advancements in dental technology have made modern dentures appear more natural
- Effective solution for people with unhealthy gums
- Can sometimes be cumbersome and high-maintenance
- Do not offer a long-term solution to missing teeth, must be removed
- Must be replaced every few years
If you have weak or unhealthy gums, dentures may be right for you. Additionally, the upfront cost of dentures is often lower than that of dental implants; however, your dentures will need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years due to the lifespan of the product and natural shifts in the bone structure of your mouth. Overall, dentures offer a more cost-effective although impermanent solution to missing teeth.
Unlike dentures, dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants refer to the combination of the dental implant itself, which is an artificial tooth root secured to provide a sturdy hold like that of a natural tooth, a porcelain crown that mimics the look and feel of a natural tooth, and an abutment that binds the two aforementioned structures together. Because implants function just like real teeth, they are easily cared for and you don’t need to change your normal eating or hygiene habits to accommodate them.
In most cases, dental implants are generally considered a superior alternative to partial dentures. They are, however, more expensive and not a viable option for all patients. If you have poor gum health, are missing many teeth, or prefer a more affordable solution, dentures or partial dentures may be a better option for you. To see if you are a candidate for dental implants, reach out to Smile Exchange to schedule an initial appointment and evaluation.
- Permanent solution to missing teeth
- Function just like natural teeth
- Easy to care for
- Can be more expensive than dentures
- Not all patients are a candidate for implants
In summary, both dentures implants offer a solution to missing teeth. Only a dentist can determine the best course of treatment for you, so reach out to Smile Exchange to learn how we can help you regain confidence in your smile!