Dentures VS Dental Implants
Teeth can decay, get damaged on impact, get infected, and in some cases, they might just fall out due to weak gums. In the event where you need to replace or install missing teeth, there are a couple of restorative dentistry options that you can opt for to restore your smile. There is the option of getting dental implants or dentures. The right option for you depends on your preference and the health of your jaw, gums, and remaining teeth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable pieces for your mouth that help replace missing teeth and damaged gum tissue. Dentures rest directly on the gums and are made out of a pink gum-colored acrylic base that supports the denture teeth. If you opt for partial dentures, they help fill the gaps where you don’t have teeth. Partial dentures are used when most of the natural teeth are still intact.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made out of titanium, and a screw-like post is inserted into the jawbone, replicating the root of a natural tooth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. The implant post bonds tightly with the jawbone and acts as an anchor that holds the replacement tooth. Dental implants have the same properties as natural teeth and must be taken care of the same way you would care for your regular teeth.
Pros of Dentures
Dentures are less expensive than dental implants and are placed in patients who have gone through tooth and gum loss. Placing dentures is a non-invasive procedure and is relatively quicker than the dental implant procedure.
Cons of Dentures
With dentures, replacements and adjustments may become necessary as you grow older and the structure of your mouth changes. It takes time to get used to dentures. There is a possibility you may experience difficulty chewing and speaking. If the dentures aren’t properly cared for, the risk of infection around the gums increases.
Pros of Dental Implants
Dental implants are long-lasting and have an exceptionally high success rate of 95%. They are permanent fixtures in your mouth that will last up to 20 years or more. They are easy to care for, and they help preserve the appearance and integrity of your facial structure and jawbone. Dental implants act exactly like regular teeth, and they allow the bone to grow. It is possible to get dental implants in a single visit to the dentist; however, you will have to go in for follow-ups and aftercare consultation.
Cons of Dental Implants
Dental implants are more expensive than dentures, and not everyone can be a suitable candidate for getting implants. If the patient has weak gums and bones, the implants will not be able to fit properly to the jaw.
To find out more about which option is best suited for you, call (570) 338-5757 and schedule your dental checkup and plan out your restorative procedure with Dr. Musto.