Missing teeth, when left untreated, can lead to a plethora of issues. This often leads to the big question of how best to restore your smile. Dentures and dental implants
are two popular tooth replacement methods, but which is the best for you? Here’s a guide that allows you to decide for yourself!
Traditional dentures are designed to slip comfortably over your gumline. Full dentures replace your upper and lower arch but for patients who only have a few missing teeth, there are partial dentures available as well. Implant-supported dentures are also a possibility for patients looking for a semi-permanent yet removable option. Dental implants
, on the other hand, are a permanent, fixed tooth replacement option. This works by a titanium implant being inserted into your jaw (imitating your root) and a crown being secured on top.
Patients need to meet a certain criteria in order to get dental implants. Any oral health conditions such as gum disease, needs to be treated beforehand and there has to be enough healthy bone remaining to be able to successfully insert the dental implant. If you’re in need of a quick fix, or you have underlying health complications/insufficient bone density to insert an implant, dentures are a great, reliable alternative for you to choose. They also tend to be more feasible in terms of cost for most patients.
When wearing dentures, you should be more mindful of what you eat or how hard you chew. Generally, we recommend avoiding any hard foods or sticky candy. There will also be gradual bone loss in your jaw, which means you will have to get your dentures relined or replaced every 5-7 years. Since dental implants are more durable in nature, it allows you to smile and function normally without worrying about slippage or breakage. As they are fused with the bone, it also prevents further bone loss and acts as a more permanent restoration.
Dentures are more affordable, but do keep in mind that there will be further costs to your replacement every 5-7 years. Dental implants, being a more long-term investment, are a more expensive treatment. However, with the right care and maintenance, your dental implants
can last a lifetime.
Dentures are often the more affordable alternative and make for a great choice if your jaw isn’t strong enough to withstand dental implants. Dental implants also offer many benefits including increased comfort and durability, however. We recommend scheduling an appointment with our dental experts at Glenferrie Dental to assess for any underlying oral health issues and for more information on these treatments!