Dentures are removable and may be either full or partial. They replace missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue. A full set rests directly on the gums and replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both. Partials are supported by clasps and fill in gaps between natural teeth. Dentures have a gum-colored acrylic base.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, replicating the root of a natural tooth. It is permanent. The post bonds strongly with the jawbone, creating an anchor which is used to hold a replacement tooth (crown). An implant can replace single or multiple teeth, and is used to support crowns, bridges and partial dentures.
The benefits of dentures include:
- Today’s denture teeth come in many different sizes, shapes and shades; the acrylic used to replicate the gum tissue can be closely matched to your natural color.
- Dentures are a more affordable option if you need to replace multiple teeth.
- Partial dentures are easy to adjust and modify to accommodate future tooth loss.
However, here are some denture drawbacks:
- All of your teeth will be removed.
- Dentures don’t look as natural as implants.
- Dentures must be removed and cleaned every day.
- They must be left out of the mouth overnight to allow the gums to recover.
- Dentures can slip, particularly if they have been worn for a few years and the jawbone has changed shape.
- Some people find it difficult to speak and eat wearing dentures.
- There are restrictions on the types of foods that can be eaten with dentures.
- Dentures tend to trap food which can cause bad breath and may increase the risk of gum disease.
Some additional things to consider:
Insurance. Dentures are covered by most dental insurance. Implants are often classified as a cosmetic procedure and aren’t typically covered. Check with your provider.
Durability. Implants that are properly cared for may last for life. Dentures will need to be replaced every 15+ years.
Cleaning. Dentures need to be carefully cleaned every day; implants can be maintained by daily brushing and flossing.
Appearance. Implants look natural and function similar to your own teeth. Dentures can feel bulky and large in comparison.
Comfort. Dentures often slip or click during eating and speaking; implants cannot move.
Cost. The cost of dentures can vary; you will get what you pay for. High quality dentures use materials and techniques that replicate the appearance of natural gum tissue and teeth. These materials tend to be stronger and longer-lasting and may even include a warranty.
Implants tend to be more expensive than dentures, but the costs can vary by the type of implant used, how many are needed, and whether a bone graft is required.
Call to schedule a consultation appointment, today, to discuss your tooth replacement options: 414-377-5711.