When we speak to our patients regarding their experience, a lot of them tell us that losing one or more teeth makes them feel self-conscious or rather uncomfortable about their smile – some confessing that they try not to smile in public settings fearing that the gap might be visible, leading to social embarrassment. In addition to this, missing tooth can also contribute to hoist of other issues, including discomfort while eating or speaking.
While it’s fair to say that dental hygiene has seen a great improvement over the years, people still need to replace their missing teeth. With dental technology making rapid, modern advancement, dentures no longer hold the trophy of being the only option of replacing missing teeth.
Let’s review the options available when considering dentures vs. dental implants.
Denture is a suitable option for conditions such as lost tooth or teeth due to damage, wear and tear or periodontal disease or decay. Typically, dentures are made of cast metal, acrylic, a plastic base and porcelain for the teeth element. Deepening on your condition, needs and preferences, the procedure of making dentures may vary in time and could last a few weeks. While they are being made in the lab, your general dentist will examine your teeth, make impression of the teeth and jaw in order to make moulds, which are then sent to a specialist. Upon arrival, the final cast is fitted and any minor adjustments, if any, are made.
Disadvantages of Wearing Dentures
People who wear dentures often complaint about how they tend to shift or make unpleasant clicking noise while chewing food, which contributes to discomfort or in many cases, embarrassment. However, this is the case with only a small percentage of denture wearers. The upper dentures make lesser sound primarily because of the presence of natural vacuum caused by the roof of the mouth. With aging, your dentist may re-align the dentures as your gums and haw struct5ure also change over time. It is imperative maintain proper oral hygiene to avoid normal wear and tear.
On the other hand, dental implants are fully compatible with the human body and because they are made of titanium, implants tend to last far longer. The surgery involves the dental implant to be drilled into the jaw and bone socket. The process is performed under local anesthetic, and therefore is completely painless. Upon insertion, it requires to be fused with the bone and may take 5- 7 months to fix the prosthetic tooth onto the implant.
Dental implants are considered to be very stable, as they have a root-like portion that fits into the bone socket, just like your real teeth. This allows patients to eat and chew their foods efficiently, and without hesitation.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- They appear, feel and function like you natural teeth
- While dentures can cause allergies to some, dental implants are completely bio-acceptable
- Speech is better with implants since there is no slipping
- No sore points are involved
- They can affectively restore your ability to chew food
- Tiny titanium screw makes the crown more stable while acting like a tooth root
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
- The treatment is comparatively costlier than dentures and can take a longer period to get fitted
- Patients who have a habit of grinding their teeth at night may not be suitable for dental implants
- The surgery is also not favorable to those with dental anxiety or someone with a phobia with invasive surgery
So which one should I go for – dentures or dental implants?
Dental implants can not only preserve your sense of taste but are healthier for your mouth and overall health. While implants are costlier, dentures tend to carry additional costs for fixatives and cleaning solutions which adds to the cost overall.
Dentures or dental implants? The answer depends on several factors and the choice is always a personal one.
Contact us today at 817-200-7086 to discuss your options so that we can determine the best treatment for your oral health.