Dental Implants vs Dentures: Which is Best for You?

Dental Implants Vs Dentures - Fairview Dentist

If you’re tired of living with tooth loss and are you ready to take action? Maybe you thought about dentures, but a friend told you about dental implants and the benefits.  Before making your decision, it’s important to understand the advantages of implants over dentures, and why your local family Fairview dentist and patients prefer them.

Which option is best for me?

With so many things to consider—from appearance, to feel, to price, and more–it’s tricky to know which option is best for you. We’re breaking down the differences between dental implants and conventional dentures so you don’t have to!

What is a dental Implant?

Dental implants are like permanent bridges or dental crowns that are inserted into the jawbone where a single tooth or several teeth are missing. They look and function like real teeth, and can be used to anchor dentures, fill gaps between teeth, and even support removable partials. They’re free of artificial materials that can break down over time; and they’ll never need to be removed from your mouth for cleaning.  Your Fairview dentists uses quality material to ensure your dental implants lasts a long time.  

Let’s look at some of the benefits to dental implants.

  • Dental implants are designed to feel, act and look just like a natural healthy tooth. Unlike dentures, they do not sit on top of the gums. Instead, each implant is placed in the bone just like a natural tooth root to encourage bone and gum health.
  • The best way to achieve the function of your natural tooth is with a dental implant, where it will restore approximately 90 percent of the chewing function that you lost when a tooth was removed.  
  • Looks natural – After your implant is placed, we will design a restoration that looks similar to a natural tooth. The result will be that it blends seamlessly with your smile, so you’ll get the function and comfort of your natural teeth.
  • A dental implant can be the foundation for any type of restoration you want. Whether your partial denture is bothering you or you need a complete set, put an implant in place to guarantee continuous stability.
  • If you’re losing your teeth, implants are a great long-term solution for keeping your mouth healthy. They’ll keep you smiling and feeling younger – without the discomfort of dentures.
  • When tooth loss occurs, many patients experience a sunken in facial appearance. Dental implants can help maintain and preserve the structure of your jawbone.

Some of the cons to dental implants.

  • When it comes to costs, dentures are the more affordable option. However, most dentures eventually need to be replaced due to bone loss that occurs because of the missing teeth.
  • Unfortunately not everyone qualifies to be a candidate for dental implants.  A patient needs healthy bones and gums so that the implant may secure properly to the jaw.  If a patient does not have healthy bones, a bone graft will be required, however that will further increase the cost of the treatment.

What is a denture?

Conventional dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and are still considered to be a very common solution. Over the years, they have undergone improvements to help people with dentures feel more comfortable.. They improve your ability to chew, and improve the look of your smile.  The material used is typically made of a pink gum colored acrylic base that supports the teeth.  Some dentures will include a lightweight metal framework that provides extra strength and support. There are two types of dentures to choose from when it comes to dentures. Complete dentures and partial dentures.

Complete dentures are full-coverage dental prosthetics that replace a complete arch of missing teeth. Some patients may only have a top or bottom denture, or both.  They’re indicated for patients with several teeth missing.

A partial denture is used when some of your natural teeth remain and is used to fill in the gaps. In order for partial dentures to work, they are supported by clasps around existing teeth, or they may be attached with attachments that are fitted onto crowns.  The fit of the partial is one of the most important aspects of your treatment. To protect your gums and natural teeth, to help you eat without discomfort, and to keep you feeling confident and normal.

Let’s look at some of the benefits to dentures.

  • The cost of dentures in general are affordable compared to implants.
  • When you lose teeth, removable dentures can be placed in by patients who have experienced bone and gum loss (unlike implants, which must be anchored to bone to become stable).
  • Perfect solution to replace your missing teeth without invasive and painful surgery. This makes dentures a great option for seniors. 
  • The entire process of getting dentures is a relatively quick process. In fact, it’s one of the least painful processes that you have to go through when getting dentures made.
Cons of dentures
  • With age, our face, gums, and teeth change in appearance and alignment. As a result, adjustments or replacements may be necessary in order to have a properly aligned bite.
  • Dentures are customized to your mouth and can take some getting used to, like most new things in life. They may be uncomfortable for the first few days, but the feeling of discomfort will dissipate over time. 
  • Just like your regular teeth, dentures need to be maintained. Cleaning and doing your best to prevent germs will not only extend the life of your dentures, but also feel a lot better than nasty infected gums.

What to Consider When Choosing Dental Implants vs Dentures

When it comes to deciding which option works best for you, it will vary depending on the individual’s wants and needs, and how it will benefit them overall in their dental health.  Here are some factors you should consider when selecting dental implants or dentures. 

Insurance Coverage:Depending on your insurance plan, dentures are typically covered by most dental insurance plans.  Dental implants, however are often considered cosmetic procedures. Therefore, their costs aren’t covered.

Preserves your JawboneImplant dentures preserve bone and prevent gum tissue from shrinking and they help to prevent you from losing more teeth. Dentures do not have this effect. An ill-fitting denture can even accelerate bone loss in some cases.

DurabilityDental implants are designed to last a lifetime, which saves you from having to pay for denture replacements or adjustments . They’re also more natural looking than dentures, which you should find more comfortable throughout the day.

Long-term Oral HealthDentures need to be cleaned every day for them to last long while implants, like natural teeth, can be maintained simply by brushing and flossing.

Improved Appearance:

Implants are best for permanent support, look and function naturally, just like your own teeth. In comparison, dentures can be bulky to insert and remove.

Oral HygieneDentures will need to be cleaned very carefully every day, while implants can be maintained by brushing and flossing in the same manner you would with real teeth.

Quality of Life: When it comes to replacing multiple teeth, dental implants have a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement options, but can offer a better quality of life. You’ll smile all the time with dental implants. It’s not just a procedure—it’s an investment in your smile.

Still unsure whether Implants or Dentures work for you?

Whether you’re in Fairview, Allen, McKinney, or in the surrounding area, we’re ready to help.  Tooth loss doesn’t have to impede a healthy, beautiful smile. We can help you learn about your tooth replacement options and get back to enjoying your favorite foods! Call us at (972) 468-1440 or schedule an appointment online — we can’t wait to hear from you and are here to help!