At some point, you may experience tooth loss and consider denture implants. Unfortunately, having missing teeth can cause you to feel embarrassed. You might find that you cover your mouth when smiling or even avoid smiling. The good news is that tooth loss can be corrected with denture implants or dentures. Considering the differences can help you make the right decision. Read on to learn how dentures compare to denture implants.
Pros and cons of dentures
Dentures are false teeth that can completely replace the upper or lower teeth, or both. In the past, dentures were the only option available to patients. If someone had experienced tooth loss, then dentures were the only things available. To stay in place, dentures require a denture adhesive or a paste. Without having an adhesive, the dentures can slip out of place easily.
Patients may feel embarrassed if the dentures slip out of place. This happens easily while eating and speaking. For just a few missing teeth, patients can choose to get partial dentures. However, partial dentures can promote infection and even decay in the remaining teeth. The fit of these dentures can change over time, resulting in the decay.
Dentures offer a lot of benefits to patients. For example, dentures are good for people who have a weak jaw or gums. This can help patients to still have a natural set of teeth. Because of advances in technology, the teeth now look more natural. This means that patients no longer have to accidentally let people know that they are wearing dentures.
There are also fewer up-front costs associated with getting dentures. However, the dentures will need to be replaced every few years. The dentures will wear out or no longer fit properly. The jawbone may begin to change with dentures, causing them to no longer fit properly.
Pros and cons of denture implants
Denture implants are a newer solution to missing teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are a replacement for missing teeth. Dentures are only a façade for the natural teeth. The implants are placed in the gum or jaw as an anchor for the dental crowns.
Denture implants are designed to be a long-term solution for the patient’s missing teeth. The implants prevent the teeth from slipping around. Another benefit is that the implants will not need to be cleaned any differently than natural teeth. As long as the patient cares for them in the right way, the dental implant can last for a lifetime.
While dental implants do cost more up front, the benefits often outweigh the costs. Patients also will not need to spend more money on replacing dentures. Dentures also have the additional costs of adhesives, cleaning solutions and repairs.
Visit a dentist for denture implants
Denture implants are a good solution for missing teeth. The cost in the long run can be lower. If you are considering them, visit your dentist today. Your dentist can help you decide if implants are right for you.
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