Dentures vs Dental Implants: Pros & Cons

Having missing teeth can affect more than just your appearance. It can also impact on your function and the inability to chew, it can cause speech difficulty, and even affect the health of the surrounding gum and teeth.  If you’ve lost one or more teeth, plugging the gap with a replacement tooth can lower your risk of oral health problems and support the healthy teeth on either side so they don’t shift and become crooked.

Your dentist will discuss all the different options for replacing your missing teeth, so you can choose the treatment that’s right for you. Two of the most popular options are dentures and dental implants, which each have their advantages and disadvantages for different people.

what is the difference between dental implants and dentures

Dentures

Modern dentures are designed to look and feel as close to natural teeth as possible, helping you to chew, speak normally and support your cheeks and lips.

Pros

  1. Dentures cost less than the alternatives, especially if you need to replace many teeth.
  2. They can be fitted sooner after an extraction compared to implants.
  3. Usually no surgery is required for removable dentures.
  4. Patients can choose between removable or fixed (implant-retained) dentures.

Cons

  1. Although denture technology has improved, some say that they still don’t look or feel as natural as implants.
  2. Dentures don’t last as long as implants and can be damaged more easily.
  3. You may need to adjust your diet as certain foods and drinks are unsuitable for dentures.
  4. Majority of people will adapt over time. However, for some people they may never adapt to speaking and chewing with a denture.

Removable dentures don’t support your jaw like implants do. They also won’t support your mouth

Who is suitable for dentures?

Dentures can be worn at all ages, not just seniors. Dentures may be suitable for people who may not be candidates for implants for medical reasons.

If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, your dentist may recommend full dentures as the most affordable treatment. If you only need to replace one or several teeth, they may suggest partial dentures or recommend an implant or dental bridge to offer more support, but the choice is always down to the individual patient in consultation with their dentist.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a long-term replacement for missing tooth/teeth. The implant itself is a titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw, where it acts like a tooth root to support a prosthetic tooth on top as well as supporting your jaw.

Pros

  1. Dentures cost less than the alternatives, especially if you need to replace many teeth.
  2. They can be fitted sooner after an extraction compared to implants.
  3. Usually no surgery is required for removable dentures.
  4. Patients can choose between removable or fixed (implant-retained) dentures.

Cons

  1. Implants cost more than dentures (although they usually last longer).
  2. Placing an implant involves oral surgery.
  3. Bone grafting may be required if your jaw is too small to support an implant, which could affect your eligibility.
  4. Implants can involve more appointments and waiting time, especially if bone grafting is needed.

Who is suitable for implants?

Your dentist is more likely to recommend implants if you only need to replace one or a few teeth, as they offer more support than dentures and are easier to maintain. If you need to replace a whole arch of teeth, they may recommend full arch implants with a large span bridge on top to replicate the missing teeth while avoiding dentures.

Your mouth needs to be healthy before implants can be fitted. If you have a problem such as tooth decay or gum disease, this needs to be treated first. If you smoke, giving up will increase the chance of your implants being successful.

If your jaw is too small to support a standard implant then you will need bone grafting. You won’t be suitable for this procedure if you have a medical condition such as a blood clotting disorder, bone diseases or immune system deficiency as it greatly reduces the success rate of the implant. Book a consultation at Victoria Street Dental to talk through the treatment options available to you.

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Make An Appointment In Wellington CBD

If you’re thinking about dentures, dental implants or other treatments to restore your smile and your oral health, talk to our dentists in Wellington CBD.

Call Victoria Street Dental on 04 555 1001 or Book Online.

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