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If you’ve found yourself in need of artificial teeth, the question you must answer is whether you want traditional dentures or implants. Both can restore your normal chewing function and have their pros and cons, so it is up to you to determine which is the right choice for situation.
While the cost of implants can deter many from opting for implants, it is important to do your research so you are aware of the benefits of both before making your decision. The last thing you want to do is make your decision too quickly and regret it later on.
We will go through the pros and cons of both so that you can feel confident you are making the right decision.
The biggest pro of opting for traditional dentures, is that they can be fairly inexpensive. Where implants can be quite costly, traditional dentures are light on the wallet and can be made quickly. Dentures are easy to fit to each patient and don’t take much time and commitment to install, which may or may not be the case with implants.
While dentures are the most popular option due to their low cost and they don’t require surgery, there are many downsides to consider.
A denture, particularly on the lower jaw, can come loose easily and be very uncomfortable. Loose or ill-fitting dentures can cause slurred speech and are known to produce clicking sounds if they move too much which can be embarrassing.
Dentures can also rub against your gums causing discomfort too. This can become a huge issue when it comes to eating. Not to mention cleaning and buying adhesive for them is a hassle.
Another negative to dentures is that they need to be replaced about every 10 years.
However, the biggest downside to dentures is that wearing them encourages the bones and gums in your mouth to shrink. Teeth do a great deal to form the mouth. When teeth are lost, the gums begin to loose their structure and the use of dentures only perpetuates this loss.
For long-term denture wearers, this loss can become very apparent in the appearance of the outer jaw. Since implants replace teeth altogether, this issue does not occur with implants.
While dentures can be easier on the wallet, implants can be slightly more of an investment, but there are many obvious advantages.
Unlike dentures, it is very unlikely they will need to be replaced. Implants do require surgery however, and the entire process can take months to complete. While dentures can be a pain to clean and care for, implants are just like your regular teeth and simply require regular brushing. Plus, no adhesive is involved since they are implanted into your gums.
Bone loss in the mouth, the biggest downside of dentures, is not an issue with implants as they replace the function of your teeth and keep everything in place.
Just like your natural teeth, implants are rooted in the jawbone making them very stable. You won’t need to worry about an implant moving out of place like you will with dentures. This makes eating and doing other every day activities much easier. Implants will allow you to carry on normally, without the added hassles that dentures cause.
If your primary concern is cost or you’re not too fond of oral surgery, dentures are the way to go. Since they are very easy to install, the process is very quick with very little down time. However, they do require much care and regular adjustments, not to mention the discomfort they can cause.
Meanwhile, implants are a long lasting and more natural solution. Aside from the initial investment, they are very stable and allow you to carry on just as you would with a full set of teeth. They take away the hassles and give you peace of mind, knowing that they will likely never need to be replaced.
If you have found yourself in need of dentures and need to make the decision of whether to go with traditional or implants, Dr. Jerrold Goldsmith, DDS can help make your decision easier. Please give us a call to schedule your free consultation appointment.