October 22, 2019

Why You Should Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 8:08 pm

woman holding dental implants

You’re missing several teeth in a row, and you are downright sick of it. You’re tired of not being able to enjoy life to the fullest by eating your favorite foods or singing your favorite songs. It’s time you got your problem fixed by replacing your missing teeth. Your two main options are dentures or dental implants. While both options have their pros and cons, dental implants provide more benefits. Let’s take a closer look at why you should choose implants over dentures.

All About Dental Implants

Dental implants are biocompatible, screw-shaped titanium posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They are able to perfectly mimic the roots of any lost teeth by fusing to the jawbone to stimulate it in the way your tooth roots once did. Some advantages include:

  • Not affecting speech
  • Both look and feel like natural teeth
  • Prevent jawbone deterioration that comes with missing teeth
  • Easy to care for. Just brush and floss.

The only major downsides of dental implants are that they can be expensive, and they require a surgical procedure. So, if surgery is not something you can or want to undergo, or if your insurance will not cover implants, you might want to go with dentures instead.

Facts About Dentures

You have likely heard of dentures before – artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base that attaches to your gums (full dentures) or remaining natural teeth (partial dentures). Unlike dental implants, dentures are removable and not designed to be permanent. In fact, many patients often try out dentures before they get dental implants to see how they feel.

Some advantages of dentures include:

  • They are less expensive, and your insurance is more likely to cover them.
  • No surgery is required.
  • If additional teeth are lost in the future, the dentures can easily be adjusted.
  • If you’ve just recently lost teeth, dentures allow your mouth to heal before getting implants.

Dentures do some with a few drawbacks, though, such as:

  • Not looking or feeling quite as natural as dental implants
  • Sometimes slipping around, making it difficult to speak or eat
  • Must be removed and cleaned daily
  • Increased risk of gum disease if food is trapped in dentures
  • Need replacement every 5-10 years

Which Should You Choose?

Ultimately, it’s impossible to make a choice without a consultation at your dentist’s office. They can examine your mouth and determine which is the best choice for you.

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental, we have four convenient locations spread throughout the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex. We have a skilled, friendly staff who strives to make you as comfortable as possible. We also perform all the steps of the dental implant process in-house, so you don’t have to worry about seeing an outside specialist. To learn more, contact us here.

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