Choosing Between Dental Implants & Dentures: Which Is Best?
June 18, 2020
When a missing tooth is not replaced by a modern solution, you are making yourself vulnerable to nasty infections, the potential for gum disease, tooth decay, and an unstable mouth structure.
In order to prevent these issues, getting a dental implant or denture is critical as both of these can help prevent you from developing other medical conditions tied to the health of your mouth like heart disease and diabetes.
Now comes a tough question though, do you choose dental implants or dentures.
Nowadays, more and more individuals are choosing to go with dental implants over dentures as they tend to have improved comfort, provide enhanced chewing ability, and are overall better for your dental health.
But, let’s take a look at the differences between the two so you can understand why dental implants are the primary choice.
What Is the Cost Like Between Them?
Although dentures are the more affordable option upfront, it doesn’t mean that they are the correct option when you factor in cleaning solutions, adhesives, fixatives, and replacements.
A removable denture will last anywhere between 10-15 years upon which it will need a replacement while a dental implant lasts twenty to twenty-five years on average; a lifetime for many.
For those who are looking to make an investment in their oral health, dental implants are a permanent, fixed solution that can provide you with comfort, peace of mind, and confidence.
The Issue Surrounding Bone Loss – Say No to Drooping Muscles
One of the major differences between dental implants and dentures is the fact that because dental implants are fastened directly into the jawbone, they help stimulate and maintain the jawbone’s structure.
As the titanium screw fuses with your jawbone, the density of the bone remains the same and as such, the integrity of your facial structure also stays intact.
This will help you to maintain a healthier, younger look over the years. Dentures, on the other hand, can lead to the further deterioration of the face as they do not provide any support for the jawbone and do not prevent it from shifting.
The Difference in Functionality and Fit
When you specifically look at the difference in performance, dental implants will always outshine dentures.
This is because dentures can slip, move around, and cause discomfort and embarrassment when eating or speaking. If your dentures are ill-fitting, they can irritate your gums, cause sore spots in the mouth, and can cause long-term injury if they are not properly fitted.
Beyond this, applying adhesive and staying on top of regular cleaning can be frustrating and tedious for some.
Dental implants tend to be much easier to take care of as you just need to continue your regular oral hygiene and you can wear them without fear of them moving while you eat or talk.
Summary Breakdown: Dental Implants and Dentures
Dental implants will help maintain facial structure via the jawbone
Dental implants will function and fit like natural teeth
Dental implants are securely attached and will not slip or move
Dental implants have no need for adhesives
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution that is permanent
Dental implants are easy to clean
Dentures do not maintain the structure of your face
Dentures can feel unnatural or look fake
Dentures can move around while you eat or talk
Dentures often require adhesives which are tedious to apply
Dentures restrict chewing capacity – certain foods should be avoided
Dentures need to be cleaned regularly
Although dental implants are more expensive, the fact that they can last you a lifetime and do not require replacements, extra cleaning, or adhesives makes them far superior to dentures for the vast majority of individuals.
If you have any questions regarding dental implants or denture, or think you may be a good candidate for dental implants, call us today at (813) 333-1922 to schedule your free implant consultation.
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Dr. Georges Raffoul was raised in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida for his undergraduate degree. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where he earned his doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree and graduated with honors in 2016. In addition to doing externships with the VA and in Thailand, Dr. Raffoul has given back to the community by volunteering in geriatric health clinics, providing health education programs in local schools, and giving a guest lecture to the Pre-Dental Society of the University of Tampa. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and dedicated to continuously advancing his knowledge and skills in advanced dentistry.
Dr. Raffoul has been a featured guest twice on the Weekly Checkup (America’s Leading Healthcare Talk Radio Show) on Tampa 102.5 The Bone. He has published in a full mouth restoration case in the implant magazine Open Implant.
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