According to a report from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, ~70% of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing a tooth due to gum disease, dental fractures, tooth decay, or an accident. If you are one of the millions of people missing a tooth (or more) and you are thinking of getting replacements, 2 of the most prominent options are dental implants or dentures.
Here is how they compare against one another:
These are permanent teeth replacements that look, feel, and work like real teeth. People with dental implants can eat and smile without awkwardness or discomfort, and once fixed, the implant can’t fall off or remove without the application of considerable force.
- They last longer than dentures and require fewer visits to the dentist.
- Easier to maintain.
- Looks like natural teeth.
- You can engage in rigorous activities without fear that your teeth will fall out.
- More expensive than dentures.
- Dental implants are not ideal for people with unhealthy jaws.
Dentures are complete (or partial) sets of temporary teeth replacement. They can be removed or worn at will, and they are ideal for people missing consecutive sets of teeth rather than one or two.
- They are more affordable than dental implants.
- They work well for people with weak jawbones.
- If they feel uncomfortable, the wearer can remove them at any time.
- They require more maintenance, meaning more visits to the dentist.
- Ill-fitted dentures may lead to tooth infection or decay.
- Dentures may slip off during rigorous activity.
While this comparison is geared towards making it easier to choose between dental implants and dentures, it is advisable to consult a dentist before making your final decision. For any questions or inquiries, please contact us at Spring Cypress Dental.