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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dentures vs Dental Implants: The Pros and Cons

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Many people across the United States are are suffering from complications resulting from missing teeth. There are a couple of ways to deal with this scenario.

In this article, I'll explain some of the pros and cons of two common solutions - dentures or dental implants in order to present the best possible choices for individual situations.

When first analyzing the benefits of both dentures and dental implants, some similar end results are offered, which is a gorgeous and attractive smile.

To make your choice easier when selecting among the two options, I've separated out the pros and cons into each category.

By knowing all the details about the procedure and why should you chose one versus the other one, you may able to select an option that fits for you. Here they are:

Pros of Dentures

  • "If something were to happen and the denture broke, it will cost less to have it repaired than if you were to try and fix the dental implants. Therefore, it can be considered as a more cost effective option" 
  • Most of the people like to use dentures in the beginning in order to get used to feeling of eating with teeth again.
  • Following to a removal of teeth, you can go with a denture to heal the area properly. Later on, you can try dental implants.
  • Denture is an excellent solution for the missing teeth and there are permanent versions available - just ask your dentist.
  • Surgery is not required for all dentures vs the other option below.
  • Further loss of teeth in the future can be managed in better manner with denture as it can be modified quickly to fit the space of the missing teeth. 

Cons of Dentures  

  • Dentures do not appear natural when you compare it to dental implants.
  • Dentures must be cleaned regularly. Therefore, maintenance process may not be easy for some.
  • During nighttime, if they aren't the permanent version, you won't be able to wear them when you sleep.
  • Dentures may not stay in a steady mode always. It may slip while speaking or eating. You've probably seen this on Americas Home Videos.
  • Occasionally, there are issues with consumption of certain kinds of food such as apples, caramel and corn (mainly because they are hard or very sticky types of food).
  • Increases chances of gum disease.
  • Replacement may be needed after year six, where dental implant can be retained in the place for more than 20 years.
  • If you accidentally drop these from any height, a crack or chip could appear and then you'd need to get it fixed.
  • Partial denture may weaken the adjoining teeth.
*Check out this video below talking about some of those differences between the two solutions:

Pros of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are easy to maintain. Similar to the natural teeth in our mouth, it can be brushed and flossed.
  • Both the tooth and root is swapped. Therefore, it looks and feels completely natural.
  • Crunchy and sticky food can be eaten too
  • Protection is given adjacent bones and teeth. Due to this reason, deterioration with the teeth may not be seen at all.
  • Dental procedures in the future may not be required at all.
  • Dental implants stay for decades.

Cons of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are costly solution - expect to pay for the convenience of having a permanent solution.
  • Requirement of surgery is felt and you may feel sore for a while.
  • When boiling down the best choice, between dentures or dental implants can be taken only after consulting with the dentist.

There is no doubt in the fact that it is a personal choice. It is not always the case, but you might better to start with the dentures.

However, dental implants are permanent solution. Dental implants are generally preferred for missing teeth. Better functionality can be observed in the process too. Chewing ability is improved. Maintenance process cannot be considered as labor intensive as alternative.