Either dental implants or dentures might work for your lifestyle, but one is clearly better than the other — at least in our professional opinion.
Maybe you’ve talked to someone with either implants or dentures, and maybe you’ve even asked your dentist which option is better for you. Now it’s time to hear from an oral surgery team: Which tooth restoration option would we choose?
What Can You Eat?
If you’re a foodie, you’ll love implants. You can eat anything you want! You’ll have no dietary restrictions, which is one of the freeing benefits of investing in implants.
Dentures include a number of food restrictions. Nuts, popcorn, apples — anything crunchy or sticky is generally not allowed.
What Will You Look Like?
Did you know implants can improve your appearance? Since they encourage jawbone health, they help keep your facial structure intact. With dentures, your jawbone suffers from tooth loss — the bone is reabsorbed into the body. This can make your face look sunken. Implants win this round!
How Much Do You Want to Spend?
At face value, you’ll pay less for one set of dentures than for an implant procedure. But consider the long-term: Eventually, you’ll need new dentures. They don’t last forever. So throughout your lifetime, you’ll have to replace them when they wear down, become uncomfortable or simply fail.
Implants are designed to last a lifetime, so unless a crown is damaged or there is a failure during the surgery (which is highly unlikely) you won’t have to spend another dime.
The younger you are when you get dental implants, the better their value. Implants, though they might stretch your budget, will ultimately cost less over time.
How Long Are You Willing to Wait?
With implants, a titanium screw must first be placed in your jawbone. Then it has to heal. This can take months. Only then can the crown be placed on the abutment, and then your full smile will materialize. If you’re looking for a fast solution, choosing between implants or dentures will usually lead you to select the latter.
But what about when your dentures have to be replaced? Since dentures only last about five to eight years, this will happen more often than you might think. Or what about if you lose your dentures and have to wait for a replacement?
You will never have to worry about these scenarios if you go with implants, since they are permanent. So depending on which way you look at it, implants might win this category too.
Deciding between implants or dentures is not an easy choice, but it’s one that’s made easier with the expertise of the Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team on your side. When you have questions, we have answers. Schedule a consultation with us today!