Missing teeth, overbites and gaps are all reasons a person may not feel confident in their smile. Should anyone feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with smiling when out in public, there may come a time when they want to address these issues and look into ways they can fix it. Depending on the problem, they may find that the two options they are left with are dentures or dental implants.
Since the end result for both is the same, people may be questioning how much the two really differ. However the problem isn’t necessarily with the dentures or the implants, but more with the individual’s needs and whether or not one option is simply the better choice for their particular dental issues. Like most things, there are going to pros and cons to all procedures when deciding which is the better option for you. At this point, the only thing to do is to compare these options, so that you can a more informed decision and hopefully be able to finally get the smile you deserve.
What are dentures?
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Dentures are fitted mouthpieces filled with false teeth that are adhered to a person’s gums with a denture adhesive. They are available as full sets or partial sets.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are false teeth that are surgically installed into a person’s jaw. They can replace all of a person’s teeth, a few or even one tooth.
How do dentures and dental implants differ?
Dentures and dental implants differ in a number of ways, but when people are examining the differences and attempting to decide which option is better, they will likely look at the quality, the effect it has on their natural teeth and the price.
Dentures: The dentures you will see today are much stronger than they used to be and are of a higher quality. People with unhealthy gums or weaker jaws may find that dentures are more suitable for them. However, there is some discomfort that people may experience with dentures because they can shift and create difficulty when speaking and eating.
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Dental Implants: Dentures are natural looking, and people are fooled every day by someone who has them, but that doesn’t mean that people are always going to get a set that is high quality. Many people believe that dental implants are better simply because they are high in quality, but also because they are more comfortable than dentures. In order to get dental implants your gums need to be strong, so that is something that may prevent someone from getting implants and cause them to choose dentures.
Effect on Natural Teeth
Dentures: Those who decide to get dentures may feel as though they have made a good choice, but that is until their teeth and gums start to decay. With this being one of the negative impacts of getting dentures, this isn’t always the best option, especially if people still have healthy, natural teeth in their mouth.
Dental Implants: One of the main benefits to getting dental implants is that they do not ruin your natural teeth or the gums. Since many people may decide to get a dental implant to replace missing teeth, it is great that their natural teeth will not be disturbed or ruined in the process or later down the line.
Dentures: Dentures don’t require as much work or preparation as dental implants, which means they are cheaper. The cost of dentures is fairly equal to the cost of one implant, so you can only imagine how much it would cost if a person got multiple implants. With price being one of the main benefits to dentures and insurance often covering the cost, it is one of the things that draws people to them.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are the more expensive option. It is possible that insurance will cover a portion of the cost, but that means you will still have to pay at least something out of pocket. If insurance didn’t cover very much, you could be looking at a hefty bill for your new smile.
Both options work great for many of the people who are living with them today. If after looking at the quality, the effect on the natural teeth and the price of dentures and dental implants a person cannot decide which is the better option, they may want to ask their dentist which they believe is the most beneficial. Since there are things that may prevent a person from getting one or the other, your options may already be limited to one without you knowing.
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