Which Is Better: Dental Implants or Dentures?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have several options. The hard part is deciding which one is the best option. For example, dental implants and dentures accomplish some of the same goals, yet provide different advantages.


The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants


Dental implants are a more permanent solution than dentures, but they have some advantages and disadvantages as well. Dental implants require a surgical procedure to insert titanium posts into your jawbone. You will have to heal for several weeks before continuing the process, which includes attaching screws and then a crown. Implants are also more expensive and usually not covered by insurance. Despite the cost and the surgery required, implants are now considered the gold standard in replacing missing teeth because of their health benefits and stability. Dental implants are also known for their longevity. They can last a lifetime when properly taken care of, and care is as easy as brushing them as you would your natural teeth. Implants are also safer for your mouth because they better hold any remaining natural teeth in place as well as prevent gum tissue or bone loss.


The Pros and Cons of Dentures


Dentures are a good option for people who are on a budget or for those who cannot or do not want to have minor surgery. They are available as partials to replace some teeth or as a full set to replace all of your teeth. Dentures have come a long way over the ye`ars, so it is much easier than it used to be to match them to your natural tooth color. However, some people find them too inconvenient. They must be removed to be cleaned and require special products to do so. Dentures are fragile, so if you tend to be clumsy, it is easy to break them. They can also slip and cause discomfort as you wear them. Dentures also put pressure on the supporting jaw bone, which leads to bone deterioration and that “sunken-in” facial look.


No matter which option you decide is right for your needs, our periodontists are ready to assist you. Call our office to learn more about dentures or dental implants in Murfreesboro, TN.