Are Dental Implants better than Dentures?
Over the years, dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures. This is primarily because teeth implants are a permanent replacement option. They also offer many more health and aesthetic benefits for people suffering from missing teeth that will improve their overall quality of life.
The implant experts at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates, Dr. Peter Auster and Dr. Frances Tang, will discuss with you dental implants vs dentures during your consultation. They feel it is important for you to know the difference between the two options so that you can make an informed decision about what is best for your health and lifestyle. Call our office today to schedule your consultation at our Pomona, NY dentist office and get started on your tooth replacement journey.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
There is a significant difference in cost between implants and traditional dentures. Dentures will cost significantly less especially if you are replacing a whole row of teeth. The difference can be tens of thousands of dollars. However, it is important to point out that teeth implants are not only an investment in your health but also your quality of life.
The health benefits of implants are far superior to dentures. Implants are more durable allowing you to eat a larger variety of foods. This will include many healthy foods so that you can maintain a proper diet. Dentures will come with a long list of foods to avoid including hard to chew foods that are considered important for a healthy diet. Dentures will also lead to bone loss in the jaw which can lead to more tooth loss, disease and pain. Implants will put a stop to the bone loss. Some types of dentures can place unnecessary pressure on healthy, remaining teeth. This can weaken the teeth and risk irreversible damage. A denture implant will only replace the teeth that are missing and will not affect any of your healthy, remaining teeth.
Quality of Life
Dental implants will not shift around inside your mouth while you are speaking, laughing or eating. This slippage can easily lead to a denture falling out or cause slurred speech. Embarrassing moments like this can greatly affect a person’s self-esteem. Dentures typically have an adjustment period of at least a month. During this time, you will need to adjust to this foreign object in your mouth which is quite difficult for some people. Dental implants also help hold the shape of your face for a lifetime. Premature aging in the face is the cost of choosing dentures because they cannot prevent bone loss in the jaw. This bone loss will eventually lead to sunken in mouth, your chin to appear longer than normal and deep wrinkles will form around your mouth. A dental implant supported restoration will stay put in your mouth, will function and feel like natural teeth and will hold the shape of your face for a lifetime.
While implant dentures are far superior to traditional dentures, the treatment time is considerably longer. In less than a month, you can have your dentures fabricated and placed. An implant denture can take up to year, depending on the current state of your oral health, to complete. You will need to visit our Pomona, NY dentist office many times during your treatment. For some people, this may be hard to work with.