When you have teeth missing, there are different options to choose from in order to improve your smile. Dental implants and dentures are both options to consider for replacing missing teeth. Each option has certain pros and cons that you should be aware of before making your decision.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that your dentist places into your jawbone. After your jawbone heals, your dentist will attach a connector piece to the top of the post and place an artificial tooth on it.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are sets of artificial teeth that people with missing teeth can wear. They fit on the gums and help restore tooth function. Dentures are available as full dentures or partial ones for those who only have a few missing teeth.
Dental implants hold artificial teeth that are made based on imprints of your natural teeth. This helps ensure that these replacement teeth look as natural as possible. When you have dental implants, other people usually can’t tell. These implants help restore your facial structure, which can become sunken with missing teeth.
Dentures can be made to resemble natural teeth. However, they tend to be more noticeable than dental implants. Keep in mind that dentures can lead to lower jawbone quality, which can contribute to a sunken facial structure.
Dentures generally don’t take long to make, and all your dentist has to do is make sure that they fit comfortably in your mouth.
Dental implants require multiple visits. You’ll first need to have imprints of your teeth taken and have the post implanted in your jawbone. You will then need to return to your dentist to have the artificial teeth put in place after your jawbone heals. Keep in mind that healing can take several weeks.
Dental implants feel much like regular teeth. Once your jawbone heals, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort when you have your artificial teeth.
Dentures can cause a considerable amount of discomfort. This can cause problems when you talk or chew. Dentures can also slip or slide out of place, and they can cause gum irritation. When you wear dentures, you also have to be careful about the foods you eat in order to lower the risk of damage or tooth decay.
Dentures have to be regularly cleaned to keep them free of bacteria and other germs. This helps keep your mouth healthy.
Dental implants typically don’t require any special cleaning. Brushing and flossing helps keep them in good condition. Having regular dental exams also helps determine if there are any problems with them that need to be corrected.
Dentures are usually less expensive than dental implants. If you have several missing teeth, dentures might be a more budget-friendly option for you.
Dental implants generally cost more than dentures. However, they tend to last longer. If you only have a couple or a few missing teeth, dental implants might be a better option, as long as you’re a good candidate for them.
Those who have a healthy jawbone and gums tend to make suitable candidates for dental implants. You need to have enough jawbone to support the implants. Having healthy gums helps ensure proper healing.
Those who have poor jawbone quality or factors that can affect healing might find that dentures are more suitable.
If you need more information on dental implants and dentures, please contact Central Avenue Dental to make an appointment. Our offices are located in Valley Stream and New York City.