When it comes to dental work, you may have a hard decision – and you want to make the right choice. You may be asking yourself: “should I get dental implants or dentures?” We’re fortunate that dentures aren’t our only option for effective teeth replacement. So, let’s address that question. Hopefully, you’ll come away from this article with an understanding of your options and their benefits.
Should I get Dental Implants or Dentures?
Many people have one or more missing teeth because of an accident, gum disease, fracture, etc. Missing teeth can affect self-esteem, and it can also harm the structure of your jaw. But, don’t fear – because we have ways to get you the healthy smile you wish to have.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that people whose jaw and gums or unhealthy or weak may choose. They can feel unnatural and move around in the mouth and are best when used with adhesives. You may also have restrictions when it comes to the foods you can eat, and will need to clean your dentures regularly. However, dentures can cause tooth decay or infection if they’re not properly fitted. They’re less expensive than dental implants, but you’ll probably need to replace them every few years.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants give the feeling of a natural tooth. When it comes to receiving a dental implant, your oral surgeon will evaluate you to see how much bone you have. If your jaws lack the depth needed, you may need a bone graft. This will be done by your oral surgeon when you have a tooth or teeth removed. Dental implants are implanted into the jaw/gum and they’ll be an anchor for dental crowns. You won’t have slipping in the mouth like dentures. In addition, you won’t have to remove them to clean them. Because they’re like natural teeth, dental implants can last for years with good oral hygiene. They are more expensive, but unlike dentures they have less maintenance cost and feel more natural.
Before you decide, we recommend that you meet with your oral surgeon to go over options and cost. Some insurance plans don’t cover dental implants, so this is important to discuss with them. East Brainerd Oral Surgery is here for you and happy to answer any questions you may have.