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Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

posted January 25th, 2018

If you are someone who is missing teeth the chances are you struggle with some simple day to day tasks, such as eating and talking. Not to mention missing teeth can cause your self-confidence to drop and many become paranoid about smiling. Luckily, there are dental treatments available that can help overcome the problem.

If you are someone who is missing teeth the chances are you struggle with some simple day to day tasks, such as eating and talking. Not to mention missing teeth can cause your self-confidence to drop and many become paranoid about smiling. Luckily, there are dental treatments available that can help overcome the problem.

Most people will have heard of dental implants and dentures, though the difference is not always clear. Knowing whether dental implants or traditional dentures are best for you can be confusing, so we’ve highlighted the pros and cons of both to help you understand the difference.

The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants can help patients who struggle with dentures or no longer want to have removable teeth. A dental implant is a titanium structure that is fitted to the mouth in place of the root. Replacement teeth can then be attached in the same way a natural tooth would be attached to a natural root. There are many benefits to choosing dental implants and this is what makes them the gold standard in replacing missing teeth. For example:

  • Dental implants are a long-term solution and, if looked after properly, they can last a lifetime.
  • They are designed to look like natural teeth and it isn’t usually noticeable that the teeth are not their own.
  • Dental implants do not move in the mouth and therefore offer a secure base for eating, drinking, talking and even kissing!
  • Compared to dentures, dental implants require less maintenance and upkeep. In fact, they can be taken care of in the same way you’d take care of natural teeth.
  • However, as with all forms of cosmetic dentistry and dental treatments there are some things to consider when thinking about having dental implants. For example:
  • Initially dental implants can be more expensive than dentures, but over the long-term they are considered are more cost-effective option.
  • In some cases, smokers my not be considered suitable for dental implants.
  • Dental implants require a surgical procedure so if not looked after properly there may be a small risk of infection.

The Pros and Cons of Dentures

 Dentures are a type of false teeth that are designed to look real, despite being made from a different material. They are placed where natural teeth are missing or where a natural tooth needs to be removed and replaced. Those who choose dentures instead of dental implants can benefit from: 

  • A straightforward procedure.
  • In the short-term they are a cheaper alternative to dental implants, though they may not last as long.
  • A natural looking finish and some level of support.
  • Being able to have dentures if you suffer with jaw problems or weak gums that aren’t suitable for dental implants.

However, as with dental implants, there are some cons to choosing dentures and they are not suitable for everyone.

  • Dentures often move or shift in the mouth, which can become an annoyance when eating or talking and may even cause sores in the mouth.
  • Dentures are not always as comfortable as dental implants and there is less chance of them feeling like natural teeth.
  • Most patients find it takes some time to get used to wearing dentures and there’s an adjustment time period where they may feel strange.
  • Dentures require a different type of care from dental implants. Whereas dental implants can be looked after as though they were natural teeth, dentures require more cleaning and maintenance.
  • Dentures need to be replaced approximately every five years and wearing old dentures is not recommended.   

Dental Implants Edinburgh

If you’re unsure whether dental implants or dentures are right for you, or you want to speak to an expert about either of the options, get in touch. At Bite Dentistry we have a number of professional Edinburgh dentists available. Get in touch today to find out more.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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