Missing one or multiple teeth can negatively impact your smile, self-esteem, ability to chew, and quality of life.
It's natural to feel distressed over an absent tooth.
For millions of Americans, there are restorative alternatives like dental implants or dentures. Each option has its unique benefits, making it difficult to choose which one is right for you.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Most of us have heard of or seen dentures, which are removable dental prosthetics that restore lost teeth and gum tissue. The base is gum-colored and helps support dentures. Patients can choose from complete dentures (restores all missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both) or partial dentures (restores a few missing teeth).
Dentures are more cost-effective than dental implants and can be worn by patients who have experienced bone loss.
Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option that restores your tooth root. This is a complex, invasive procedure that requires a minimum amount of bone and gum tissue. The healing time for the dental implant to integrate with your jaw bone can take months.
The main benefit of dental implants is long-term. Since they restore your tooth root and anchor your jaw bone, you won't need to worry about your mouth changing shape or your jaw bone receding. Dentures, while popular, can never achieve this since they rest on top of the gumline.
How to Choose Between Dentures and Dental Implants
While we can weigh each option's pros and cons, ultimately, the decision rests with the individual. Everyone's smiles and smile needs are different: what works for one patient may not be your cup of tea.
It's important to consider what your insurance will cover. Most major insurance providers will cover dentures, while dental implants are often considered a cosmetic procedure. Patients may have to pay out of pocket for dental implants.
With proper care and maintenance, patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. Dentures, on the hand, may need to be replaced frequently to fit with your oral structure.
Dental implants are an investment in your long-term dental health because they preserve your bone and promote healthy growth. They also reduce your risk of losing more teeth, unlike dentures.
Would You Like to Know More?
At Southlake Dental, we are always happy to help educate and inform our patients. If you are missing teeth, give us a call. We have options available to keep your smile gap-free and beautiful.