What To Consider When Choosing Between Dentures And Implants

We love having options, don’t we? Some choices are frivolous, but others have real consequences requiring some thought and research before making a decision. Now you have a choice about what treatment you want for missing or broken teeth. Let’s review what to consider when choosing between dentures and implants.

Initial Things To Consider

When making your decision there are some prerequisites, financial considerations, and honest self reflections which are important.

Your Age

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Since implants are a long lasting solution, you should probably opt for that if you are in your 60s or younger. Older adults may want to consider dentures if they prefer not to undergo the procedure for implants.

Comfort Level

Many find that implants give them more comfort and better ability to chew compared to dentures.

Bone Density

You must have enough jawbone in order to support the posts needed for dental implants. Those who have lost bone material because of their age, an injury, past gum disease or tooth loss might not be good candidates for implants.

Hygiene Issues

If you don’t think you can or want to perform the special care for dentures, implants may be a better choice for you.

Pros And Cons Of Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth as well as some gum tissue. You can have either partial or complete dentures.

Pros Of Dentures

  • Dentures are less expensive
  • Dentures can be used on those who have experienced bone and gum loss
  • The fitting of dentures is non-invasive
  • The process is quick and usually requires only 4 visits

Cons Of Dentures

  • Dentures can slip while talking or eating if not secured with dental adhesive
  • Adjustments and replacements might be needed with time
  • Dentures can be quite uncomfortable at first
  • Dentures need daily care to keep them clean
  • Dentures can promote decay and infection in other teeth if not fitted correctly

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into the jawbone that act like the root of a tooth. The implant bonds with the jawbone and becomes like an anchor for the crown.

Pros Of Dental Implants

  • Implants are a permanent solution and can last a lifetime if cared for properly
  • Implants can be for one tooth or several
  • Implants maintain the structure of your jaw with no sunken in facial features like with dentures
  • 95% success rate
  • You care for them just like regular teeth
  • Quick turnaround many times in one day

Cons Of Dental Implants

  • More expensive than dentures
  • You must have healthy bones and gums

Talk To Manhattan Dental Arts

Before you make a decision about dentures vs implants, rely on Manhattan Dental Arts to evaluate your predisposition for both alternatives and help you to make the right decision for you.

You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Improve your appearance and your self esteem by making an appointment with Manhattan Dental Arts if you are considering dentures or dental implants.

For further questions or to schedule an appointment at our dental office in the Upper West Side, please call (212) 247-2330 or request an appointment online.