Dental implants are comfortable, secure, and feel like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are securely anchored to the jawbone, providing a natural look and feel. Most people with dental implants say they are very satisfied with them and would recommend them to others.
The healing process can take several months, during which time the patient must avoid putting pressure on the implant to allow it to heal properly. Once healed, the implant can last a lifetime with proper care. By contrast, placing dentures in the mouth does not require surgery, and there's no waiting period for healing.
Dental implants are made of titanium, a durable metal that can last a lifetime with proper care. They have a success rate of 95% or higher. That means that out of 100 people who get dental implants, at least 95 will still have them after ten years. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, prevent bone loss, and preserve the facial structure. Dentures do not support the jawbone as well as implants. And because they're not fused to your bone, over time, they can begin to change the shape of your face.
While dental implants may initially cost more than dentures, they can save you money in the long run because you won't need to replace them as often. And, since they last longer, dental implants also provide greater value for your investment. Also, they 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 best option!
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances for your mouth. They replace both missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue.
Dentures are made of a pink gum colored acrylic base. This base supports the denture teeth.
Some dentures will include a lightweight metal framework that provides extra strength and support.
With dentures, you have two options: removable complete dentures and partial dentures.
First, complete or full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or in both jaws.
Complete dentures rest directly on the gums.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used to fill in gaps. Because of this, partial dentures are more often used when some of the natural teeth still remain.
These dentures are supported by clasps around existing teeth. Partial dentures may also be attached with precision attachments that are fitted onto crowns.
Pros of Dentures
Dentures are less expensive than implants.
Dentures can be placed in by patients who have experienced bone and gum loss (unlike implants, which must be anchored to bone).
The procedure for fitting dentures is non-invasive. Also, drilling into the bone–a part of the implant process–is not required for dentures.
The process to make dentures is relatively quick, and only require about four dental visits.
Cons of Dentures
Adjustments or replacements may be necessary, as the structure of your face and gums change with age.
Dentures can take some getting used to and may be uncomfortable at first, especially during the first day or two of wearing them. You might experience increased salivation, difficulty chewing, and difficulty speaking.