Dentures are removable appliances for your mouth. They replace both missing teeth as well as parts of the gum tissue. The material they are made of is a pink gum colored acrylic base which supports the denture teeth. Some dentures include a lightweight metal framework that provides extra strength and support. There are two types of dentures: complete or partial. The former one is applied when the patient has no natural teeth remaining and the latter is applied when there are some natural teeth remaining.
Pros of dentures
Dentures may be worn by patients who have experienced extreme bone and gum loss (unlike implants, which must be anchored)
The procedure is non-invasive (there is no need for a surgical intervention)
The process to make dentures is relatively quick
Dentures are less expensive than implants
Cons of dentures
· Adjustments or replacements may be necessary, as the structure of the face and gums change with age
· Dentures can take some time to get used to and may be uncomfortable in the beginning, especially during the first two days of wearing. You might experience increased salivation, difficulty in chewing and speaking.
· Infection around the mouth and gums can occur if your dentures aren’t properly cared for.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replicate the root of a natural tooth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. The implant post osseointegrates with the jawbone. Through this process an anchor is created, which is used to hold a replacement tooth. This option can be used to either replace single or multiple teeth, supporting crowns and dentures.
The procedure of placement of a dental implant involves the following steps:
Initially, dental implant is placed surgically into the jawbone.
Afterwards, the implant must osteointegrate into the jawbone, or fuse with your natural jawbone.
Then a small connector called an abutment is placed on top of the dental implant. This will connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
Finally, an individual tooth, an implant-supported bridge, or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment.
· Dental implants are incredibly successful. They have better than a 95% success rate.
· Dental implants are very easy to care for as regular teeth.
· Implants preserve the integrity of your facial structure and jaw bones.
· The implants will hold up for 20 years or more.
Cons of dental implant
· Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, since implants need healthy bones and gums to secure properly to the jaw.
· Regarding cost expenses of of dental implants – they are more expensive than dentures.
The choice between dental implants or dentures remains an individual decision. Take into consideration both, the pros and cons of dental implants and dentures, make an appointment and get an advice by your dentist. Stay healthy and we will take care of your smile!