Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures Or Bridges?
What are the Differences Between Dental Implants and Dentures?
Dentures and partials are artificial substitutes that are nothing like original teeth. They are also much larger than the teeth that they replace. Your bite force is reduced by as much as 75% when you have dentures or partials. Eating food becomes a hassle as it takes much longer to chew your food. It is also recommended that you eat soft foods to avoid ruining your dentures over time. After some time, bone deterioration starts to increase, and dentures may begin to slip and no longer properly fit which can cause pain and discomfort.
Deciding on Dental Implants
● Dental Implants are considered to be the most natural-looking to your teeth and provide the greatest comfort and strength option.
● Implants make eating your favorite foods, including meat, possible. Dentures can cause speech problems, but with implants, you will not have this difficulty.
● Dental Implants protect and preserve your underlying bone structure without having to shave down your adjacent teeth.
● With the correct oral hygiene, dental implants can last up to 25 years- or even a lifetime if properly taken care of.
● Although implants are more expensive than the other tooth replacement options, their strength and longevity save you the cost of repair and replacement required by dental bridges in the long run.
Advantages of Dental Implants
● Secure bond to the jawbone, with no slippage or movement
● Low maintenance
● Long-lasting—often a permanent solution
● Look and function like natural teeth
● Preserve the jawbone
● Help to prevent gum and bone deterioration, jawbone recession, and facial collapse due to bone loss
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
● Higher initial cost than dentures, however; our practice offers patients with financial options, including Wells Fargo, Care Credit, and Lending Club financing options to make paying for implants an easy and smooth process.
Advantages of Dentures
● Lower cost (even though they will need to be replaced multiple times throughout a patient’s life).
Disadvantages of Dentures
● Insecure bond causes slippage and movement
● Problems with speaking or pronouncing words
● Problems with eating and chewing
● Discomfort, irritation, and sores
● Regular cleaning required
● Eventual replacement required
● Do not preserve the bone and can further jawbone recession that can cause facial collapse