Should I get dental implants or dentures?
If you are faced with the reality of missing many or even all of your teeth, the options to replace them can seem overwhelming at first. Weighing the pros and cons of each choice is an important step in figuring out which one is the best option for you. Fortunately, Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley are here to help with this difficult decision. They are experienced dentists that are passionate about finding the right solution that fits each unique patient.
For patients missing many up to all of their teeth, Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers dentures and dental implants. For many years, dentures have been the go-to option but with advances in dental technology, teeth implants have become the number one solution for patients with any number of missing teeth. Our Virginia Beach dentist office is equipped with advanced 3D imaging software to aid in the planning and precise placement of the implants.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Dentures are custom made artificial teeth that are made in a dental laboratory with impressions of your mouth and teeth. Full dentures are used when the patient is missing all of their teeth and partial dentures are used to fill in gaps of missing teeth. Full dentures are typically made of a plastic base that is colored matched to blend in with the gums. The artificial teeth are attached to this base and stay in place when the base forms a suction/seal with the gums. Partial dentures can be made with either a plastic base or metal framework. They are designed to stay in place with clasps and rests that are formed around the remaining teeth.
Dental implants are actually metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They are made of titanium, material well accepted by the human body, and will sit just below the gum line. Teeth implants will act as the teeth roots to create a strong foundation for the dentures. They are strategically placed to support a custom made denture and to use healthy, available bone. After a period of time, they will heal and the permanent denture can be attached.
What are the Pros and Cons of Dentures?
- Will hold the shape of the face, avoiding the sunken in look
- Patient will be able to eat and speak better than when they had no/less teeth
- Inexpensive option to replace teeth
- Process to get them is fairly quick
- No surgery is required to get dentures
- Will not replace teeth at the root
- Patient will slowly suffer from bone loss
- Dentures will need to adjusted, rebased or replaced over time
- Ill-fitting dentures can cause infections
- Diet restrictions make it difficult to consume a healthy diet
- Will take some time to get used to
- Dentures are known to slip around in the mouth, causing slurred speech and difficultly eating
- May require adhesive to stay in place
What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?
- Success rate is very high
- Prevent bone loss because they replace teeth at the root
- Will permanently hold the shape of the face, avoiding the sunken in look
- Very durable and stable; will not slip around in mouth and there are very little food restrictions
- Allow for better speech
- Implant restorations look and feel like natural teeth
- If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime
- Much more convenient and easier to care for
- Gives the patient an overall higher self-esteem
- Involves one or more surgical procedures
- Dental implants come with a high price tag
- Treatment time can take four to nine months, sometimes longer