Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

The benefits of filling the spaces left by missing teeth are vast. Not only does it make you look better, but it can improve your self-esteem and quality of life and health. After all, with missing teeth, speech can be affected and your chewing ability is compromised. So, what is the best solution for filling these gaps, and what are the benefits of dentures vs implants?

Functions

When it comes to improving teeth and mouth function, dental implants will completely restore function allowing the person to chew and speak normally. Often dentures will move around and sometimes they can be somewhat uncomfortable. As well, sometimes dentures will slip out when eating and talking.

Bone Stability

Just like muscles, bones also need a “workout” in order to maintain their mass and health. So when a tooth is missing from the jawline, the bone underneath the old tooth site shrinks. Dentures do nothing to stop this deterioration. However, dental implants actually screw into the bone and integrate with it, actually encouraging new bone growth.

Longevity

Dental implants are known to be the most durable of the options because when they are properly taken care of they can last a lifetime. Dentures usually last between 8 and 10 years. Sometimes a person will have to go back to the dentist for proper adjustment of dentures.

Placement Process

While dentures can be placed quickly in just 10 to 15 days, placement of dental implants can take 3 to 6 months time. In some cases, dental implants placement can take up to 9 months time.

Overall Health

Because implants allow for a normal range of food choices in the diet (a benefit not afforded by dentures), they encourage you to continue your healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life!

Cleaning and Maintenance

Dental implants are much easier to clean and maintain when compared to dentures. It is just the same as brushing and cleaning natural teeth. Dentures will require additional care and cleaning in order to prevent gum infections.

Added Advantage

Dentures can be well retained with the help of dental implants. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. With Dental Implants, these restorations are anchored firmly into the jawbone becoming much more like natural teeth.

Cost

The initial cost involved in dental implants treatment is higher when compared to the cost of dentures. However dental implants appears a sound investment because they can last a lifetime when properly maintained. With the added care required for dentures, there will be added costs – they may need lining as the gum reacts badly to being encased in hard plastic every day. Dental implants are also very durable and their ability to prevent bone deterioration makes them well worth the investment. Dentures may need replacement after about 10 years when jaw bone shrinks and dentures no longer fit. Considering these aspects average cost of dental implants looks equivalent to dentures

Functions

While with dentures your choice of food consumption will be limited, with dental implants you will enjoy a diet without restrictions.

Whether you choose dental implants or dentures, it is important to find a dentist that you can trust to insert them. At Lovesmile we will talk to you about your options and explain the pros and cons of each choice. When you can be completely informed about your decision, you know that you will choose the right option for your oral health needs. Call us on 0151 709 5454 to book your initial consultation or book online using our website.

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