Dentures vs. Dental Implants
What are the pros and cons of dentures?
Historically, dentures were the only choice that people had when they lost teeth. These are sets of false teeth that are used to improve a person’s appearance and the functioning of their mouths. To hold the dentures in place, people use adhesives. If an adhesive is not used, the dentures can move while people eat or speak and cause embarrassment. If you still have some teeth, you can get partial dentures. However, if your partial dentures are not properly fitted, they can cause decay in the teeth that you still have.
While they might not offer the same functionality as implants, dentures do offer a few benefits. If you have suffered too much bone loss in your jaw, implants may not be an option for you. Dentures can be a good choice to replace your missing teeth when you don’t have sufficient bone to support implants. Modern dentures look more natural than they did in the past, and dentures do not cost as much upfront as implants do. However, dentures will need to be replaced every few years, meaning the long-term costs may exceed those of implants.
What are the pros and cons of implants?
Dental implants offer several benefits that dentures do not. While dentures appear like natural teeth, implants replace missing teeth. They are implanted into the bone of the jaw so that crowns can be attached to them. Implants do not slip or move and do not have to be removed each night for cleaning. They are a long-term solution to missing teeth. If you get implants, they should last for decades as long as you practice good oral hygiene.
While implants have a higher upfront cost than dentures, they do not have to be replaced every few years. Since you will not have to purchase adhesives, special denture cleansers, or denture replacements, implants may be cheaper over time and are worth the initial expense. You will want to talk to your dental insurance company to learn whether it will cover a portion of the cost. Many policies will not pay for bone grafts or dental implants, but they might cover the crowns or a part of the procedure. You can talk to your Westchester dentist about financing or payment options for implants.
Talk to an experienced dental professional today
If you have missing teeth, you might feel embarrassed. Dentures or implants can both help to improve your appearance and the functioning of your mouth, but implants might be a better choice. To learn more about whether implants are an option for you, schedule an appointment with an experienced dentist at EZ Dental & Orthodontics today.