Oftentimes, patients find themselves at a crossroads when determining which is the better option: dentures or implants. If you need to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth, you naturally want to make sure the right choice of treatment is made. You’re likely looking at a near-permanent replacement for missing teeth. To help you make a decision, consulting your Coolangatta Dental Group provider is the first step.
If you’re looking for further insight, look no further! Let’s take a look at the key factors associated with both denture and implant treatment to help you gain a deeper understanding on what is the right choice for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are highly popular and considered to be an ideal long-term natural tooth replacement option. Implants are screws made out of titanium that are surgically infused into the jawbone. The crown, which is the replacement tooth, is then connected to the implant through an attachment known as an abutment.
Dental Implant Dental Benefits
Dental implants offer a strong foundation for the permanent replacement of missing teeth which uses a prosthetic tooth designed to emulate the function of your natural teeth. Like any dental treatment, a dental implant can last a lifetime with the right oral care. The greatest benefit most patients are delighted to discover is that it doesn’t at all alter their mouth function at all. Following dental implant treatment, you’ll return to eating, speaking and exercising your jaw naturally- just as you would with a full set of natural pearly whites.
What Are Dentures?
If you are seeking a cost-affordable option to treat your missing teeth, you may like to consider dentures. In the world of dentistry, dentures are often labeled ‘false teeth’. Much like a mask, they can replace the entire arch or partial arch of your teeth. A prosthetic device is constructed to replace your missing teeth, which is created by your dental provider to fit in perfect alignment with the shape of your jaw. This allows your customized device to comfortably sit across your gums to fill in the gap of your missing teeth.
The Best Choice Of Treatment: Factors to Consider
So, what factors should you consider to help you make the right decision for your unique smile? Let’s take a peek.
Dental Implants Provide A Permanent Solution
Dental implants are cleverly designed to be permanent tooth replacements. This means it is unlikely you will be required to undergo any future treatment with respect to replacing your missing teeth. Implants are also standalone and durable, meaning they require no support and function exactly like your natural tooth would. You can go about your life eating and drinking confidently with the implant in place knowing it will be supporting you like a natural tooth for the rest of your days.
On the flip side, dentures do have the tendency to move around whilst you are eating, chewing and moving your jaw. Although dentures are just as comfortable and only take a few days for your mouth to get adjusted, dentures don’t actually last forever. They are a shorter-term solution to missing teeth and would need to be replaced roughly every 5 to 10 years.
Dental Implants Prevents Bone Loss
Dental implants replace the tooth root and preserve the strength of your bone. Without strong bone, teeth will inevitably fall out. Dentures sit above the gum line to replace your teeth – and thus, you can expect your bone to deteriorate slowly over time.
Dentures Need Replacing
As mentioned above, dentures are not permanent and will absolutely need to be replaced regularly. The more you need to replace them, the more you will be set back financially in the long run. Implants are a lifetime investment and will stand the test of time with high-quality oral care routines.
Dentures Require Special Maintenance
If you go down the path of acquiring Dentures, you should be aware there are certain maintenance recommendations with regards to properly looking after your dentures. This involves cleaning them every night and soaking them until the next morning. Additionally, after you enjoy a meal, you should consider cleaning your dentures to keep them in good condition.
Furthermore, your underlying tissue needs rest, which means you should not be wearing your dentures all day long. With dental implants, you’ll be required to simply brush and floss your teeth regularly (as you would your natural teeth) whilst keeping your mouth clean to preserve the implant’s health.
The Right Choice For Me?
Based on these factors, and the professional guidance of your dental provider, you’ll be able to decipher which is the best choice for you. While implants are more expensive than dentures, they’re evidently a much more practical and natural replacement choice. Dentures are also a good choice for many people; however, they do require a little extra tender loving care and you may need extra treatment down the line to preserve the health of your jawbone.
Ready to explore your options? Connect with any of our clinics for more information regarding your personalised dental treatment plan and the best option for you.