Should I Get Dental Implants Or Dentures?

We’ve come a long way since the one-size-fits-all dental solutions of past generations. Patients today have choices as they grapple with tooth loss, damage, decay or any other problems. Dental implants and dentures are just one example of patients having options for enjoying a more attractive (and functional) smile when their teeth can no longer do the job on their own. As with any option, each has its pros and cons. Read on to learn more and to decide which is best for you.

The Differences

While somewhat similar in nature, dental implants and dentures are very different procedures. In short, dentures are generally used to replace an entire set of teeth, and are commonly used when a patient has no remaining teeth. If teeth remain, they are removed to make room for the dentures. In contrast, dental implants are used to replace individual teeth by surgically placing implants within the gum and attaching individual teeth to them. That’s not to say that implants cannot be used to replace an entire mouthful of teeth; rather, they can be used for smaller and bigger jobs alike.

The Benefits of Each

Previous thinking favored dentures, as they were regarded as the norm, and were what patients were used to seeing. However, with advancements in technology, that is no longer the case. Generally speaking, patients tend to be more satisfied with the results of dental implants, but there are cases to be made for both. Here is an overview of each:

Dentures

Patients who prefer dentures often prefer the simplicity of that option. It’s a simple, familiar option, and the dentures themselves typically appear very uniform in design. Cost is another benefit of dentures, as they often are more affordable than dental implants — although it is worth noting that prices can vary widely depending on specific needs and treatments. Though a notable downside of dentures is that they are not permanent fixtures and are prone to slipping, coming loose and causing discomfort in the mouth. For some, it’s only an inconvenience, but for others, those issues can cause sores and irritations.

Implants

Dental implants are often the preferred option because they effectively replace the tooth, rather than give the appearance of teeth. In other words, they are permanent fixtures that do virtually everything that teeth can do. Likewise, because they are permanent, they cannot fall out or become dislodged, like dentures might. Plus, they are less prone to damage, for that same reason. As noted above, a potential downside of implants when compared with dentures is cost. Because implants require surgery and often multiple visits (to insert the implant and then to attach the prosthetic teeth) they cost more than dentures.

 

The team at Grove Dental is happy to take a look at your unique situation and help you determine whether dentures or dental implants would be the best option. Contact us today to learn more.