Dentures or Dental Implants?
Dental implants require dental surgery. These implants can be used to fill spaces in gums when one, two, or more teeth are missing. The procedure can be painful as a false tooth attached to a screw-like implant is drilled into the bone.
So, when it comes to losing teeth, what can be used to replace them? Let’s look at the pros and cons of dentures and dental implants.
Dentures are cheaper than dental implants. You might spend up to about $3,000 for a complete set of dentures. It will be less if you only need uppers or lowers.
Dentures that are not a full set do exist. They can be in the form of bridges to cover the space where the tooth is missing while being hooked onto the tooth on either side of the space. Partial dentures look like retainers with teeth on them that conform to the roof of your mouth.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. They are anchored in the bone and help to provide support for that area of the bone. When teeth are missing, the bone no longer has to provide support and it can get weak and break down.
Your teeth can be brushed as normal with implants. You can even floss. Your speech and voice won’t change due to slipping of the implant.
Dentures are not very comfortable. Even when you buy them to fit, they can irritate the gum line and rub against the bone when you talk or eat. Have you ever seen someone who is talking and their dentures slip down? It can be embarrassing.
Dentures have to be removed to be cleaned. Using the wrong cleaner or rubbing too hard can lead to cracks in the dentures that can harbor bacteria in your mouth.
Dental implants are expensive. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you can spend around $50,000 on dental work. And, dental insurance only pays a portion of the cost for these implants.
What will be your decision? Dentures are still widely used. Better bonding agents and cleaners have helped some people to live normal lives once their teeth have been removed. Still, there is the problem of weakness in the bone when the teeth are missing.