Both dentures and dental implants are common forms of replacing missing teeth. But which method is the best one for you? Dr. Bryan Bumpas of Prairie Dental discusses the benefits and drawbacks of both dentures and dental implants in Edmond, OK.
Dentures: What to Know
Removable dentures are commonly thought of as replacing entire arches of missing teeth. However, partial dentures are available as well. They’re made up of a metal and resin base that supports plastic or ceramic teeth. Some of the benefits of dentures include that they’re cheaper to get upfront and that you can get your restoration quicker since there’s no surgical element.
However, dentures do come with a lot of negatives. While you don’t have to pay as much upfront, you usually end up paying more in the future. When you lose teeth, the jawbone starts to deteriorate in the area where the tooth is missing. Because dentures don’t replace the tooth root, the deterioration continues even with the restoration. You’ll need to get the dentures readjusted or replaced to continue using them properly.
Dentures give you back only about 30-40% of bite function and require adhesive to stay in the mouth. You may have problems with the restoration slipping or falling out while you’re eating or speaking. Certain foods have to be removed from the diet because the dentures can’t process them. With the adhesive, you’ll have to take your denture out at the end of the day for a thorough cleaning.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. They’re made up of three parts. First, a titanium implant post is placed in the jawbone. Next, a piece called an abutment is attached to the post to connect it to the final restoration. The final restoration is usually a dental crown, but implants can also support a fixed bridge or denture.
One of the qualms people have about dental implants is that they cost a lot upfront. But you shouldn’t incur any costs down the line. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that also replaces the tooth root. This stops the jawbone from deteriorating any further, and can even help to reverse some of the deterioration that’s already occurred.
Implants also take longer to get your final restoration because of the surgical element. When the posts are placed in the jawbone, they require 3-6 months of healing until we can proceed. But this is what gives implants the stability they’re known for. This time is used for the posts to fuse with the jawbone. You get 100% of your bite function back with implants. You don’t have to remove any foods from your diet or worry about the restoration slipping or falling out.
Even with many advancements in dentistry, dentures are still bulk and can be hard to get used to. Especially with a dental crown as the final restoration, implants both look and feel the most natural in your mouth. They don’t require any extra maintenance, either. You just brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly as usual!
Getting Dental Implants in Edmond, Oklahoma
Do you think dental implants could be the solution for your missing teeth? Call us or schedule an appointment online.