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Dentures vs. Dental Implants

When the need to replace lost or damaged teeth arises, patients in Edmonton have a few options, and two of the most popular are dentures and implants. 

Why People Get Implants or Dentures

Dentures and implants both replace missing teeth, which is their common purpose. They facilitate chewing for patients, support facial muscles by reshaping the jaw to its natural position, and can enhance speech, and many of our patients report feeling more confident and less self-conscious about their appearance.

Why Choose One Option Over the Other

Since they both aim to achieve the same outcomes, other elements will decide which of the two is best for you. Price, preference, and the condition of your jawbone and remaining teeth are a few of these factors.

Advantages of Implants

The fact that implants don't need a lot of special maintenance is a major benefit. Regular dental care is necessary to maintain your implant(s); brushing and flossing at least twice a day will keep your implant and the rest of your natural teeth clean. Patients in their 60s and younger may prefer dental implants because they can last for decades, which is another benefit of them being a more permanent solution (provided they are well cared for).

Some find that dental implants provide better chewing and comfort than dentures do.

Disadvantages of Implants

Given that implants are typically more expensive than dentures, patients may opt for dentures instead of implants. Another problem is that implants need a certain amount of bone density to be attached to a patient's jaw, so if you've had bone loss in the past, they might not be the best option for you.

Implants are also potentially subject to a number of health complications including infection and mechanical problems, such as loose posts or cracked crowns.

Advantages of Dentures

When compared to implants, the most obvious benefit of dentures is that they are frequently less expensive. Additionally, they function much better for people who have lost jawbone and for those who are not interested in the more invasive treatments and procedures necessary to place a dental implant.

For these reasons, some patients are more likely to prefer dentures to implants.

Disadvantages of Dentures

Compared to implants, dentures are removable and less permanent. Additionally, special care must be taken to keep dentures clean. After eating, dentures must be taken out and brushed in order to be cleaned, which should be done every day. Additionally, you might need to brush off any adhesive residue left on your gums. In addition, avoid leaving the house with your dentures on. While you sleep, dentures should be soaked in water or a special cleaning solution.

Another thing to be aware of is that your mouth changes over time. Your dentist will have to periodically refit your dentures to accommodate for this. Implants are permanent, and will typically not require this.

Dentures vs Dental Implants - The Final Verdict

In the end, there are valid reasons to select either implants or dentures; the decision is entirely up to you. We advise having a conversation with your dentist, who can assist you in selecting the option that is best for you.

Have questions about dentures or dental implants? Contact us today in order to schedule an appointment with one of our Edmonton dentists.

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