Dentures vs. Implants
Are your dentures uncomfortable or bulky? Do you have difficulty chewing or speaking clearly? Are you sick of adhesives that just don’t seem to work? Are you wondering if there’s a better alternative? If you’re considering transitioning from dentures to implants, Artistic Smiles is here to help.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent rods surgically implanted into your jaw onto which realistic artificial teeth are attached. The bone of your jaw actually fuses with the titanium posts while you heal from the surgery, forming a strong, permanent connection. Once this connection is formed, a prosthetic tooth or teeth are attached. Made of acrylic, porcelain, or a tooth-colored substance called zirconia, the replacement teeth are specially designed to fit your mouth and match any remaining teeth.
Why are Implants so Popular?
Dental implants are an extremely popular choice because they look, fit and feel like real teeth. No more slipping, no more clacking, no more difficulty chewing or talking. The posts are permanent, and the attached teeth are semi-permanent; only your dentist can remove them. Even better, implants can actually prevent loss of bone density.
Why Would I Choose Dentures?
Dentures have been around for centuries, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some exciting new advances. Today’s dentures are made from acrylic or porcelain and can be custom-fitted to your mouth. If dentures fit properly, they shouldn’t slip or impair speech. Dentures are simple. They are removable, painless, easy to replace, and relatively inexpensive.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Each?
Dentures are inexpensive, removable, and easy to put on. Best of all, you can get them custom made; no surgery required. However, even the best dentures can feel bulky and may impair speech and chewing. They require adhesives, which can be frustrating. But the common complaint with dentures is that they do not look natural. They may not match any existing teeth and may cause your lips and teeth to protrude more than normal.
Dental implants are the best way to restore your smile. They are a permanent solution that looks and feels like real teeth. Because they mimic your body’s natural tooth structure, they can restore facial drooping caused by missing teeth. Even better, they can prevent the loss of bone density. However, there are downsides. Implantation is a surgical procedure, with the incumbent risks of infection, bleeding and other complications. It takes a long time - often months - before your permanent artificial teeth are attached, and in the meantime, you have to wear a temporary prosthetic that may limit your diet.
It is also expensive, costing upwards of $1500 for a single implant. A full arch of implants, which would be needed to replace one denture, can cost upwards of $30,000. Finally, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Ideally, candidates for implants do not smoke or abuse alcohol, have healthy gums and good oral hygiene, have enough bone density to support the implants and are old enough that their jaw is done growing. People with chronic diseases like diabetes or cancer are at higher risk of implant failure. That being said, most people are good candidates for dental implants.
Both dentures and dental implants are good options for people who are missing teeth. Dentures are simple to use, easy to fit, and are inexpensive. Dental implants are a permanent solution that offers replacement teeth that fit, feel and function like the real thing. If you are interested in learning more, contact the experts at Artistic Smiles. Call 424 781-1400 to book your consultation today.