Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which One Is Right For You

Your smile is your most valuable accessory. So it stands to reason that you’d want to keep it in the best shape possible. But life happens, gum disease and accidents happen, and sometimes a bad habit will catch up with you. Whatever the reason, missing teeth can result in both unbearable self-consciousness and discomfort while eating. Luckily, advances in dentistry today offer patients many options to address missing teeth.  Dental implants and dentures are the two most common choices. In order to make a decision about which option is right for you, here are a few things to consider:

 Benefits of Dental Implants:

Dental implants are secured to the gum or jaw and provide a long-term anchor for a dental crown. The procedure usually begins with a root canal. That may sound scary, but the benefit is that once the implant and crown are in place, you get to apply the same standard oral hygiene practices you (hopefully) always have used to take care of your teeth. No need for adhesives or special cleansing solutions. Dental implants are a good option for those seeking to replace just a few teeth. 

Potential Disadvantages of Dental Implants 

Implants require a minor surgical procedure. Implants can suffer from gum disease if not properly maintained. Fractures of crowns and bridgework are more common with implants than with natural teeth.  Implants are also a relatively costly option.  

Benefits of Dentures:

Dentures (false, removable teeth) have come a long way in recent decades.  Despite what your grandmother may have said about slippage and discomfort, modern dental advances have resulted in dentures that are comfortable, functional, and versatile. They can be full or partial, used to fill in the gap left by a single tooth or by several. Besides helping you eat and giving you back your great smile, they also support facial muscles and structure. Dentures are a great, cost-effective option for those missing most or all of their teeth, especially patients with weak gums.

Potential Disadvantages of Dentures: 

Failure to remove and clean regularly can result in gum disease, infections, and bad breath. Improperly fit dentures may move around and cause discomfort and pain in the mouth. 

The Takeaway:

Today, you have options for how to address your missing teeth and get your great smile back.  Dental implants provide a lasting solution as long as you’re willing to undergo minor surgery and practice good oral hygiene.  It can be costly, however, and the more cost-effective solution of dentures may work better for you. Or maybe you’ve had trouble with your gums in the past, and you’re still not sure which choice you’re leaning toward. At New Smile Dentistry, the way we see it, it’s our job to help you with decisions like these. Our dental team is happy to sit down with you and discuss the options that best fit your needs. And once your decision has been made, you can rest assured that you will receive thorough, comprehensive care from our team of quality, board-certified dentists and specialists.