There are many solutions to lost or missing teeth. Two of the more common options offered by dentists include dentures and dental implants. Dentures and dental implants both provide structure to a patient’s mouth when it is lacking. There are, however, some advantages to the implant route, especially if you are not missing all of your teeth.
To fully understand why implants might be a better option for you, you need to understand how both dentures and implants work in the mouth: the differences, the similarities, the pros, and the cons.
Dentures are a temporary solution to missing teeth. Dentures are a solution often offered to patients with many missing teeth. They are constructed to look just like real teeth but are made from hard pink and white resin. The dentures are secured to the top or bottom of the mouth with the power of denture grip and natural suction in the mouth. A set of dentures lasts around eight years and costs around $2,500. Dentures are not secured extremely tightly to the gums and do have the potential to slip out if not adhered to properly.
Implants, on the other hand, are extremely secure. The implants are secured to the jaw bone and rarely move when aftercare instructions are followed. The physical implant is made of titanium metal, where the crown is made of a hard tooth-coloured resin. Dental implants are ideal tooth replacements for the long-term, implants can last upwards of 25 years. Additionally, they are the main choice for anyone who is missing a few teeth at relatively affordable costs; around $1,500-$2,000 per implant. Dental implants are also versatile when it comes to their function in the mouth. Implants can stand alone and act as single teeth, or they can act as anchors for other dental technology like dental bridges. Dental implants can fail, and do at a rate of 5-10%, incredibly low, and a risk that can easily be managed with proper surgical aftercare.
For a direct comparison between dental implants and dentures
|Replaces missing teeth||Yes||Yes|
|Supports other dental technology (dental bridges)||No||Yes|
|Help you chew food||Yes||Yes|
|Aids facial structure||yes||Yes|
Help with speech
|Prone to falling out||Sometimes||Rarely|
Making the decision to correct a smile with missing teeth is not a small decision. Having an idea of which replacement you are interested in is great. Your dentist will be able to discuss your personal circumstances with you and advise you on the best route to proceed with. Talk to the dentists at Interface London to schedule a consultation.