12th February 2021
Dental Implants Vs Dentures
There are many reasons we experience tooth loss in our lives – including neglecting our teeth as young adults, succumbing to infection, fighting off an illness, or dealing with an injury. Whatever the cause of your tooth loss, our expert dentists here in Stourbridge have options available to get your smile – and your life – back on track. Today we compare the two most popular dental implants and dentures.
Today, our expert dentists will discuss our dental implants and our dentures, highlighting the pros and cons of each, to help you make a choice about which is right for you. We’ll also direct you to our contact page, so you can find all the details about booking a consultation with us to get our specialist advice and opinions.
Without further ado, here’s an outline of each and what’s involved.
Dentures are removable false teeth which are fixed in a row. They can replace several teeth, one set of teeth, or all teeth. Dentures require the use of a fixative to adhere to the gums while being worn.
- Cost – dentures are typically a more cost-effective option for budget-conscious patients.
- Ease – simple to remove and easy to clean – just soak in a special solution overnight and brush gently with a toothbrush to remove debris.
- Non-invasive – the process is easy, and the dentures are custom-made for your mouth.
- Appearance – through highly realistic, they may be more noticeable than other options. Dentures can also develop stains over time.
- Longevity – dentures do wear over time, so will need replacing in the future.
- Reliability – some wearers experience slipping, despite using a dental fixative. This can make eating and talking more tricky.
These involve implanting a metal post into your gap and then securing a crown in place once healed. Dental implants are a permanent choice for missing teeth and can replace single, multiple or all teeth.
The pros of dental implants
- Appearance – dental implants look virtually identical to your natural teeth, making them a discreet solution for missing teeth. They can also help to give structure to the mouth, reducing a sunken appearance.
- Longevity – tooth implants are a permanent replacement, and can last a lifetime with proper care. They are just as easy to look after as your natural teeth and can prevent gum and bone loss in the future.
- Reliability – dental implants won’t move in your mouth and can prevent other teeth from migrating, too.
The cons of dental implants
- Cost – tooth implants are typically more expensive than dentures, however, they won’t need replacing, and finance options may be available for the budget-conscious.
- Eligibility – dental implants can’t be placed in those with gum recession or bone loss.
- The surgery required – though the tooth implant process is easy, it requires minor surgery to place the implant post. There is also a healing period required before the crown (tooth) can be fitted in place.