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Dentures vs Implants: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re missing one tooth or a few, you might be considering your options for replacement. Dentures and implants are 2 of them – read on to find out the difference.

Dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth that can be removed and replaced without help from your dentist. The 2 main types are full and partial; full replaces an entire set of top or bottom teeth, while partial replaces just a few teeth.

· The Pros – One of the best aspects of dentures is their cost effectiveness and quickness. The entire process can be completed in about 3 to 6 weeks, meaning your smile is fixed faster. Another benefit is that no surgery or sedation is required.
· The Cons – Unfortunately, dentures have many cons. The biggest complaints among denture wearers are that they can feel fake, they slip around, and they restrict chewing capacity. They can also trap food, leading to an increased risk of gum disease and decay. Dentures don’t last as long as implants and need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years. Their care is not difficult, but they do need to be removed regularly for cleaning. They also require creams and adhesives to stay put.

Are They For You?

If your gums and jaw are weak or unhealthy, dentures may be the best option for you, as a strong base is needed for implants. They are also a good option for people with weakened immune systems or chronic illness, as there is no surgery involved.

Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are attached directly to the jawbone through posts placed in the gums. Unlike dentures, they cannot be removed and are a sturdy, long-term solution.

· The Pros – One of the biggest benefits of implants is that it helps to preserve the remaining jawbone. The implants replace the root of the tooth, thus stimulating the jawbone and helping it to maintain its density and strength. They also help keep your facial structure in tact, which helps you stay looking younger.

They also look and act more like natural teeth than dentures, allowing for greater comfort and better chewing capacity. They are strong and stable – no slipping here – since they are attached to the jaw.

Caring for implants is easy – simply brush and floss like you’re used to. There is no cream or adhesive to mess with, unlike dentures.

Implants are also longer lasting than dentures – they last for about 25 years before they need replacing.

· The Cons

Implants can be more expensive than dentures. The process also takes a while, sometimes as long as 6 months and several appointments, and it involves sedation and surgery.

Are They For You?

Dental implants are best for people with healthy gums and jaw, as they require a stable support for the posts.

If you have chronic illness or immunosuppression, implants are probably not the best option for you, as you run an increased risk of infection during surgery. Implants are also a bad choice for children and people who grind or clench their teeth.

A full, beautiful smile can be a real confidence booster. If yours is missing something, your dentist can help you decide if dentures or implants are right for you.