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Dentures vs Implants: Pros and Cons
A missing tooth is a common occurrence in many people. They usually come as a result of accidents or tooth decay. It is recommended that you get a tooth replacement as soon as possible in the event that you lose a tooth. Dentures and dental implants are the two main options that will be suggested to you by your dentist. Dentures have been around for a long time and their application can be done by most dentists. Dental implants, on the other hand, have only become famous over the past few years. They are now a preferred option since they are durable and act more like a natural tooth.
Choosing between the two can be quite challenging especially if you do not know much about them. This Vita Dental post highlights the pros and cons of these two tooth replacement procedures to give you a better understanding of them.
Dentures have been around for many decades and they acted as the only tooth replacement option. They are usually molded to fit properly in your mouth. They are held in position in the mouth by an adhesive. They are not permanent and require removal daily during bedtime. When they are removed, they are soaked for cleaning until they are put back on when one wakes up.
Dentures are not supported by the gum and hence the ideal candidates for this teeth replacement option are people with weak jaws that cannot support implants.
Pros of Dentures
1. They are less costly compared to dental implants
2. Anyone with missing teeth can have them on since they do not require the support of the jawbone
3. They can be removed at any time when they get uncomfortable
4. They are much easier to clean given that you can take them off at any time
5. Provide an immediate solution as one waits to heal and as they decide whether or not they will get dental implants
6. They can be fitted without the need for surgery
7. In case more teeth are lost in future, the dentures can be easily adjusted to accommodate the lost teeth.
Cons of Dentures
1. They do not look or feel like natural teeth.
2. They can come off at any time while speaking or eating and fixing them can be quite messy and embarrassing
3. They inhibit one from taking certain foods
4. They do not prevent bone loss since they do not need the support of the jawbone
5. Dentures increase the risk of getting gum disease
6. They require frequent replacement hence inconvenient
7. They can break when they drop
8. Partial dentures weaken adjacent natural teeth causing more damage
Dental implants are a more advanced tooth replacement option. Getting the implants involves one undergoing a surgical procedure. During the dental procedure, one’s jawbone is drilled and a Titanium post inserted into the hole. The implant is left to fuse with the jawbone then a crown is placed on top to act as the natural tooth.
Dental implants have become a preferred option for many given that their functioning, their look, and their feel in the mouth is similar to that of a natural tooth. Also, the fact that they can last for a lifetime makes them even more appealing.
Pros of Dental Implants
1. Dental implants feel like a normal tooth, in addition to looking and functioning like one. It can be a bit difficult to distinguish a dental implant from a natural tooth.
2. Dental implants can last a lifetime. It only requires one to carry out proper care just like they do with their natural teeth.
3. They are easy to maintain, unlike dentures. Actually, dental implants only require the normal brushing and regular flossing.
4. They allow you to consume all types of foods, unlike dentures that limit the type of food you can consume.
5. The implant is fitted into the jawbone hence you do not have to worry about them coming off.
6. Dental implants help maintain the proper alignment of the teeth, protect your other teeth by shielding them from full exposure to infection-causing organisms and, also, prevent bone loss given that the Titanium post is fitted into the jawbone.
Cons of Dental Implants
1. They are quite expensive compared to dentures
2. They are more invasive since they require one to undergo a surgical procedure
It is possible for dentures to be used with dental implants as overdentures. While the normal dentures do not feel anywhere close to having natural teeth, overdentures makes the feeling of having dentures get as close as possible to the feeling of having natural teeth since the dentures clip to the placed implants. Overdentures are affixed to the placed implants hence they allow one to take and chew without having to worry that their dentures will slip and come off.
Choosing between dentures and dental implants
There are a number of considerations to make before settling for either of the two like your budget, health, and lifestyle. It is always best to seek the advice of a dental professional first.
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