Dental Implants Vs. Dentures: Which One Is Right For You?
Tooth loss is more common than you might think, not only for older people but younger adults as well. More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.
These numbers are expected to get even higher in the next decades.
There are some possible dire consequences of missing tooth/ teeth which include significant nutritional changes, coronary artery disease, obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
Not only will your confidence take a hit with missing teeth that are showing, missing teeth will affect the your jaw structure.
Your missing tooth’s next teeth neighbours might fill the gap by shifting to cover for your lost tooth. Tooth shifting can have some dire effects. Not only will your teeth move but your jawbone shifts over time as well and your mouth structure becomes more unstable and look different to you and to other people.
All of that can lead to tooth decay and ever more tooth loss.
Dental implants have become the standard of care for replacement of missing teeth for adults.
Whether you are missing just one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide the comfort and function of natural teeth.
Dentures, on the other hand, are removable teeth replacements that come in either a full set or partial set. They’re most commonly used with those who are missing sets of teeth rather than just one tooth here or there.
Types of dentures:
Partial dentures will only replace the teeth that are missing. The replacement teeth will be attached to a plastic base which is specifically made to fit inside your mouth.
“Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.”, source: webmed.com
Are dentures right for you?
If your budget is a core factor, then dentures could be a viable option.
Dentures are definitely less expensive than dental implants and will give you the confidence boost and freedom to remove them throughout the day for any reason. They’re a great option for anyone with unhealthy or weak jaws. Talk to one of our staff members to book and appointment to get assessed by one of our periodontists and see if dentures are a better option for you.
Dentures, however, aren’t for everyone. If not secured properly with denture adhesive, they can slip out of place while eating or speaking. Dentures can also lead to infection or tooth decay if they’re not fitted properly.
They also need to be cleaned regularly or replaced if they show signs of significant wear & tear.
For patients who have lost a substantial number of their natural teeth and/or who have been wearing removable dentures for a number of years, bone loss (bone atrophy) in the jaw can make their journey to oral rehabilitation using tooth implant a much longer, more painful and expensive one.
Are dental implants right for you?
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements, and they have become a very common alternative to dentures over the past decade.
They may cost more than dentures, but they last longer and will save you money over time. They also lead to less dental clinic visits to your periodontist because they’re easier to maintain compared to partial or complete dentures.
Dental implants feel more comfortable and look more natural than dentures. If you want to feel like you’ve never lost a tooth in the first place, dental implants are your probably best option if you’re a good fit for this procedure.
Dental implants don’t require getting rid of other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact in place which eventually improves long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
With modern science, dental implants technology continues to improve with success rates of up to 95%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime! Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups with your periodontist are some of the most critical factors to ensure the health and durability of your dental implants.
Why are dental implants so popular nowadays?
- You improve your facial features and increase your confidence
Dental implants preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height. They also reduce the load on the remaining oral structures including teeth and preserve natural tooth tissue and reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your own natural teeth. They will give you the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if your dentures will ever fall out.
- It is extremely reliable
If you take care of your implants, regardless of type, they should last as long as conventional restorations on teeth with predictable outcomes.
- You improve your chewing and eating
With dental implants, you will be able to eat chewy crunchy apples and whatever you heart desires anytime, anywhere.
While weighing your options, it’s always a good idea to talk to one of our staff members who can guide you through our process. Dr. Weingarden or Dr. Bakuri can help you make the right decision and explain the differences in detail specially for your case.
At Greater Pittsburgh Dental Implants & Periodontics in Allison Park we have been placing dental implants for over 30 years. Even so, Dr. Weingarden and Dr. Bakuri will tell you that dental implants are not always the best treatment option. We will always work with you to develop a treatment plan for your needs and preferences.
All of our staff members are trained and happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide if dental implants or dentures are the right fit for you. We also offer new teeth in one day for your convenience.
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