Dentures or Implants

We understand how challenging it can be to decide whether you want dentures or dental implants. But the good news is, you want to know the pros and cons of each of them before you proceed to fix the missing teeth/tooth from Fain Dental Arts of North Miami: Sylvan Fain DDS.

There are so many articles online, and all you need right now is professional advice to make an informed decision on whether you will get implants or dentures. As much as both of them are the available popular options of replacing decaying or missing teeth, still, you will not be sure of which way to go. But thanks to facts, there are a few known factors that can influence the decision you will make.

In this article, we will highlight everything you need to know about dentures and implants. Also, indicate the pros and cons so you can easily choose between the two.

Dentures: What are Dentures?

Dentures are models that take the shape of your teeth/tooth structure. They are made from the best materials (with a pink-gum-dyed acrylic base). Today, dentures are created in the dental lab. They are made tight enough not to flip or cause your speech to sound impaired in some way. To ensure you get the perfect fit, the doctor looks at the tooth/teeth pattern before creating them.

Dentures fall into two categories; complete dentures or partial dentures. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you can get either of the two. Full or complete dentures are applicable when the lower or/and the upper jaw needs replacements.

On the other hand, partial dentures are suitable when some natural teeth are in place or when one needs to fill a tooth gap.

Pros of Dentures:

  • Dentures are affordable compared to implants.
  • Dentures are convenient, quick to make, and require at least 4-doctor visits.
  • Unlike dental implants, dentures are perfect for patients with bone and gum loss.
  • The denture procedure is non-invasive (no introduction of any substance to the body), there is no drilling done.

Cons of Dentures:

  • As time passes, your gums' structure changes with your face, and therefore, modifications or replacements are certain.
  • Dentures are not a permanent solution, especially for those looking for long-lasting natural smiles.
  • Dentures are a great option but do not match the natural teeth' capability and functions.

Dental Implants: What are Dental Implants?

Are you looking for a lifetime missing teeth solution? Look no further because dental implants can save you big-time. Implants are models of teeth made to function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a surgical element that interfaces with the dental crown to act as an anchor.

Unlike dentures, dental implants are designed to correct missing teeth by offering an actual replacement. This long-term solution to missing teeth does not allow teeth to move or shift. No special care is required, no specific cleaning routine, no frequent removal like dentures, and it is easy to maintain. All you need to do is care for the dental implants like your natural teeth, and they will, in return, care for you.

Dental implants usually include the following steps:

  • First, the titanium screws are put into the jawbone to act as an artificial root. The titanium screw is biocompatible.
  • Second, you will be on a healing period of about 3-6 months to allow the bone and the titanium screw to form a firm foundation ready for a replacement - a process recognized as Osseointegration.
  • During this period, before the 3rd step, you will have temporary dentures as you heal. Later on, an abutment, a bridge to connect the implant with the new tooth is placed.
  • Lastly, your crown or the individual tooth will be then attached to the abutment, and you can now smile happily.
  • During this period, your dentist will guide you on the treatment plan.

Pros of Dental Implants:

  • Demand for dental implants is amazingly growing among patients because of its high success rate.
  • It is long-lasting (20 years and more) and can be a lifetime solution.
  • Since it is an actual replacement of natural teeth, the implant allows the bone to continue growing.
  • They are easy to clean and maintain.
  • Dental implants look natural, and therefore, your facial and jawbone structure will look the same.

Cons of Dental Implants:

  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are quite expensive.
  • A dental implant is ideal for patients with healthy bones and gums; however, tissue and bone grafting can be done to patients who need it at an extra fee.