Advantages of Dental Implants Compared to Dentures
If you have one or more missing teeth, there are many good replacement options. Dentures and dental implants are the two most common solutions for missing teeth. How do you know which one is best for you? Here is a quick overview of the pros and cons of both dentures and dental implants so that you can decide for yourself.
Dentures are the more traditional option for replacing missing teeth. Often made of porcelain, acrylic, and cast metal, dentures are fitted to a mouthpiece that is then affixed to your gums with dental adhesive.
Pros of Dentures
- The process for making dentures is quick and simple.
- No surgery is required.
- They are less expensive than dental implants.
- They are easy to adjust and modify if required.
- Dentures are often recommended if your gums or jaw are unhealthy and weak.
- Dentures provide support to your facial muscles so that your face doesn’t look like it has collapsed inward and teeth maintain a natural look.
Cons of Dentures
- Dentures can slip out of place when eating or speaking if they are not properly secured with denture adhesive.
- They need to be removed regularly for cleaning and maintenance.
- Some people find it difficult to get used to wearing dentures.
- There are some restrictions on what you can eat with dentures (ie. no caramel, apples, and corn on the cob).
- Dentures are fragile and can break if dropped.
- Dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years.
- Dentures can lead to an increased risk of infection, gum disease or the decay in other teeth if they aren’t fitted properly and food often gets trapped in your dentures.
- Dentures do not prevent further deterioration of your teeth.
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. They are made of titanium and they act as an artificial root holding your replacement tooth or teeth in place. An artificial replacement tooth or crown is placed on top of the implant.
Pros of Dental Implants
- They are more comfortable than dentures.
- They do not move or slip out of place.
- They do not affect your speech.
- It is easier to chew with dental implants than with dentures.
- Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
- Dental implants are easy to care for. You clean them in the same way as natural teeth; brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
- Dental implants can last for 20 years or more with regular cleaning and good oral hygiene.
- They don’t cause any damage to surrounding teeth.
- They preserve the jawbone and prevent further deterioration.
Cons of Dental Implants
- The evaluation procedure, implantation, and recovery time needed for dental implants is lengthier when compared to dentures.
- A surgical procedure is required for implantation. As with all surgeries, there are some risks including bleeding, infection, numbness or injury to nearby muscles or the sinus cavity.
- Dental implants are more expensive than dentures.
- They are not recommended for patients with weak gums or jawbones.
- They are not recommended for heavy smokers.
- They are not recommended for patients that grind their teeth at night.