Differences Between Dental Implants and Dentures
If you have lost multiple teeth, you have two main options available to you. These options are dentures and dental implants. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that consist of artificial teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. For those who want a more permanent and low-maintenance option, dental implants may be the better option. Dental implants consist of metal posts, which will fuse to the jawbone and serve as tooth roots for artificial teeth that will screw onto the posts.
Dentures vs. Dental Implants
It can be an emotional and overwhelming decision for many patients, and we believe that the decision is easier when you have all of the facts.
- Aesthetics – Dental implants look and feel much more natural than dentures. Dentures take a lot of getting used to and can be uncomfortable. Dental implants, on the other hand, will function and feel exactly like your natural teeth.
- Diet & Speech – Dentures can make it difficult to eat and speak until you get used to them. Additionally, dentures restrict the kinds of food you can eat as sticky or chewy foods can cause the dentures to loosen or fall out. Dental implants are fixed replacements, meaning you can resume life as normal after they’ve been placed.
- Damage To Remaining Teeth – Removing and replacing dentures in and out of your mouth multiple times a day can eventually cause damage to the neighboring natural teeth. Because dental implants are fixed, this is not an issue with them.
- Replacement Issues – It’s been recommended that dentures be replaced every 5 years as your mouth and bone structures change with age and the dentures wear down. If properly cared for through good oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime and never need to be replaced.
- Cost – Dental implants will be more expensive than dentures. It’s a personal decision if the cost outweighs the benefit of dental implants. Here at SpringRock Dental, we’ll be happy to work with you and help you make this important decision.
For more information on dentures and dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact SpringRock Dental. Our family dental office is located in Aurora, CO.