Tooth loss can be a very demoralizing dental experience. Thankfully, your dentist can provide you with replacements that can give you the confidence of a beautiful smile back! Two of these options are dentures and dental implants. They are both viable options. How can you decide? Below is a breakdown of the pros and cons of dentures versus dental implants.
Dentures: These are typically removable tooth replacements that can be complete or partial.
- The process is relatively quick at about two to six weeks.
- Dentures look and feel natural.
- They are the cheaper option, ranging from nine hundred to three thousand dollars.
- Dentures will improve your self confidence.
- Almost anyone can be a candidate for dentures.
- You don’t need surgery with dentures.
- There will be an adjustment period of learning to speak and eat with dentures on.
- They are not a permanent solution. They will need to be replaced every five to eight years.
- Dentures may reduce your ability to fully taste food.
- A perfect fit is necessary to avoid problems like infections and sores.
- Dentures must be cleaned properly every single day to keep bacteria from building up.
- You might need to have them adjusted periodically.
- Risk of bone atrophy with dentures. The reason for this is that they are not integrated into the jaw.
Dental Implants: Surgically placed replacement teeth that can sometimes be removable.
- Dental implants support themselves without relying on neighboring teeth or adhesives.
- They look and feel natural.
- Dental implants do not require special care. You can brush and floss them just like real teeth.
- They will help boost your self confidence.
- The success rate for dental implants is very high at ninety percent.
- They are a long term solution that can last a lifetime.
- Dental implants can prevent bone loss. The reason for this is that they are fused, and integrated directly into the jaw bone,
- Dental implants require a long term adjustment period up to six months.
- There is a risk of infection in the gums if you get dental implants.
- The cost of dental implants is usually very high, from three thousand to five thousand dollars.
- They require surgery.
- Nerve damage is a possible risk of dental implants.
It is important to consult your dentist with any questions or concerns you have. They will be able to tell you what kind of treatment will work best for you, and perform it for you. Do not be afraid to see your dentist for missing teeth. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.