Implants VS Dentures: The Benefits of Getting a Dental Implant

Written by Dr. Reuben Sim
Published: 22-01-2022

Dentures or Dental Implants? If you are missing some or all of your teeth, these are the two options that dental experts commonly recommend.

 

What’s the difference between Dentures and Dental Implant?

Dentures are removable artificial teeth and gums that are formed to your mouth and created by your dentists to replace lost or removed natural teeth. You can get a full set or partial dentures which replaces all teeth in either the upper or lower jaw (or both),which are mainly used to fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Partial dentures can be braced by clasps around existing teeth or a precision attachment.

Dental implants are artificial structures that a dental surgeon inserts into a person’s jawbone done surgically. The surgeon inserts an implant into the jawbone with screw-like devices, and it acts as an anchor for an artificial tooth, called a crown.

Implant VS Dentures

Dentures have been and continue to be an excellent tooth replacement method that works well for many people. But the access to modern dentistry and state-of-the-art materials today gives us a better way with dental implants. Here are some benefits you might want to consider:

  • Function: Dentures sit on top of your gums, but a dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed surgically in your jaw just like a natural tooth root. This helps to prevent bone loss and gum recession which is a common problem with dentures.
  • Appearance: Both implants and dentures can restore facial harmony and symmetry, and close the gap left by a missing tooth. Dentures can slip and move, causing slurred speech and embarrassing incidents for their wearers. Dental implants remain securely fixed in the mouth and often provide greater confidence to smile, eat and socialize with others.
  • Naturality: After the implant heals, the customized implant will seamlessly blend with your smile. Implants are one of the most natural looking options for replacing a tooth. Both implant and dentures also function just as well as natural teeth.
  • Stability: Since the implant is rooted in your jaw, we can use it to stabilize full or partial dentures to keep them from shifting and moving unexpectedly. Dentures rest on the gum line without strong support, which can allow the denture to rub against the gums, causing pain or irritation. With dental implants, there is no coverage of the palate or rubbing against the gums thus, implants improve more chewing function.
  • Affordability: Dentures are more affordable and effective in replacing multiple teeth. Implants are a costly and expensive option for replacing a single tooth.
  • Maintenance: Dentures need to be cleaned regularly in order to prevent further oral damage and maintain the quality of the materials. They should not be worn overnight. Dental implants don’t require extra maintenance, you can take care of it just like a normal tooth.

Why Dental Implants may be right for you?

Choosing the right kind of tooth replacement is a decision best reached in consultation with your dental expert, and needs to take your personal circumstances into account. It is best to ask for professional advice since dental implants are segmented into extraction of tooth, implantation then to recuperation stages. You also need to consider factors like your lifestyle, your budget, and your overall wellness when choosing between dental implants and dentures. It is important to decide what you are willing to compromise and what you are not because you might not find a solution and alternative that perfectly meets all three needs.

If you’re only missing one or two teeth, implants are probably the option. But if you’re missing several, implants can get expensive. In addition, if your jaw is weak they may not be able to support implants and you’ll have to go with dentures. Implants therefore, if you maintain your teeth healthy, can provide permanent and long-term solution to tooth loss.