Dental Implants vs Dentures
According to the CDC, over one in four adults in the United States are currently experiencing tooth decay to some degree. If you are one of those people currently suffering from tooth decay and tooth loss, you may like to know what options are available to you to replace any teeth you have lost. That is where Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA can be of help to you.
Once you have scheduled an appointment and received a diagnosis of your tooth decay, we can help you determine which option from the selection of tooth replacement procedures will best suit your needs and preferences. Among the available options, two of the most common methods are dental implants and dentures, and they each have their unique benefits and disadvantages that should be considered before settling on either one.
Why You Should Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular choice among many patients in the United States. Unlike most dentures, implants are permanent teeth replacements that can last a long time—unlikely to need replacing or maintenance. Furthermore, they have a low chance of failure over their lifetime, meaning you are less likely to have to remake return trips to have them checked on or fixed.
Dental implants consist of a metal screw that is directly placed into your jawbone, replacing your natural roots that will then have a crown—an artificial tooth—placed on top of it. Because the implant remains hidden within the gums, its appearance is unlikely to stand out from your natural teeth, giving them the most natural-looking appearance among teeth replacement options. If you are only missing a single tooth, a dental implant may be your best option for replacement if you are concerned with the appearance of your oral prosthetic.
Why You Should Choose Dentures?
Of all the options available to you, dentures are the oldest method available today and remain a commonly selected choice. Unlike implants that are inserted directly into your jawbone, a denture consists of a full or partial set of teeth that are attached to your gums via suction or adhesives. Where implants are intended to be permanent, dentures are typically removable. Since an implant cannot be placed if the jawbone is not healthy enough to support it, dentures are an ideal option for anyone with an unhealthy or weak jaw that cannot support an implant.
A few things to keep in mind with dentures are that, unlike an implant, they need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure they remain usable. Additionally, if they are not secured properly, they may slip out of your mouth while eating or speaking. Yet despite these shortcomings, they remain far more affordable than dental implants and would better serve patients missing sets of teeth.
How To Choose Between The Two?
Both dental implants and dentures are great options suited to meet the different needs of our patients. If you would like to know more about either procedure, Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA can answer any questions you may have about them. You can reach our team at (336) 283-2593 to schedule an appointment or speak with an expert.