Many people are often confused as to whether it’s better to get dentures or dental implants. A good rule of thumb is that if your teeth can last a long time if restored, they should be preserved because natural teeth are the standard to which dentures and dental implants strive for. That said, any decision must be made according to your specific circumstances and needs. Each option has different benefits and disadvantages that must be taken into consideration.
Dental implants replace tooth roots with metal posts that look like screws, and damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and feel like real teeth. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable false teeth that act as replacements for missing teeth and their surrounding tissues.
Dentures, which are preceded by extractions, are a very final solution. If you don’t like your dentures you can shop around for a better set but you can’t change from dentures to something else. Some patients dislike their dentures, but once you’ve gone that route, there’s no turning back. It’s really important to talk to your dentist before taking this option.
Dental implants are a very expensive choice, at least reflective to other choices, and they may involve a great deal of surgery, but they work really well. In fact, cost issues aside, among their many benefits, implants are the most effective solution on the market. They can be used to replace a tooth, or a set of teeth, or even all your teeth. They can be permanent replacements for teeth or used by way of removable prosthesis.
Dental implant surgery has evolved into a very precise science. Surgeons can replace a single tooth with a life-like artificial tooth that’s designed to scale and fused directly onto your jawbone. To the casual observer, there will be no difference between a dental implant and normal teeth.
Even here, it’s important to note that if saving your teeth is possible, that should be the goal you aim for.
There have been cases where someone who had gotten full dentures decided that they were unhappy with them. Dental implants in that scenario can be used as a plan B. Again, it’s important to speak to your dentist before making a final decision.
Partial dentures, or removable teeth, are a good option for patients who want to save as many of their own teeth as possible while also keeping their costs down. You may experience partial dentures as something foreign in your mouth, nonetheless, they work very well and feel comfortable.
Of course, some patients have problems with partial dentures and can’t wear them at all. This is usually a design fault. For example, the dentures may be acrylic, with clasps that are easily deformed, and thus poor choices as long-term solutions. Again it’s important to repeat the importance of discussing your options with your dentist.
Solutions must be tailored to your needs and specific circumstances. A good dentist will do a detailed and wide-ranging examination of your oral health and discuss your options with you so that you can make an informed choice between getting a dental implant or dentures.