In America, approximately 120 million people are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million Americans have lost all of their teeth.
As we age, our jawbones and teeth naturally begin to lose their density. In the case that teeth start to fall out, jawbone density begins to decrease rapidly. To preserve what’s left of the jawbone after tooth loss, it is imperative to replace missing teeth.
Dentures and dental implants are a popular solution for filling in missing teeth, but how do you know which treatment is the better option for you in the long run?
We’re here to help! Here’s the lowdown on dental implants and denture treatments:
First off, let’s define dentures. A denture is a prosthetic device designed to fill in missing teeth when it’s placed in the mouth, supported by the gums and jawbone. This treatment is typically removable and may be suggested by your doctor, depending on your condition, the amount of teeth missing and the location of the teeth still present.
Dental implants are replacement teeth implanted surgically into the jaw. This treatment is considered a modern fix for missing teeth. Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth or the entire mouth. As the implants heal, they merge with the jawbone, imitating an authentic tooth-to-jawbone relationship.
Dentures must be replaced every few years as they wear down and become loosely fitted to the teeth.
Dental implants are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime if they’re cared for properly. If necessary, implants may be fixed or replaced at a cost much lower than the initial payment.
Dentures do not feel similar to normal teeth. They sit on top of the gums and sometimes move or slip out of place when speaking or eating.
Dental implants connect to your jawbone, unable to move or slip out of place. They are stable and do not cause discomfort when eating or speaking. Dental implants feel very similar to natural teeth.
Dentures require careful and frequent cleanings to prevent plaque buildup. Rinse your dentures thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth each time. Remove your dentures and rinse them after each meal or snack. Brush the underside of your dentures with a denture brush and soak your dentures overnight.
With dental implants, you can continue normal dental care. Brush your teeth twice a day as normal, brushing the teeth and gums thoroughly each time. You may use a water flossing device to loosen debris and plaque from building up. Be sure to continue regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Dentures or Dental Implants?
When dentures were first introduced, they were undoubtedly a great treatment option for patients experiencing tooth loss. As technology advances, dental implants have become increasingly popular for their similarities to natural teeth.
Compared to dental implants, dentures are less comfortable and require greater care. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent and not able to slip out of your mouth while you eat, speak or drink. The appearance of dental implants is nearly identical to the appearance of natural teeth. Dental implants tend to cost more initially, but the cost of dentures rises quickly as they must be replaced every few years. Dental implants have proven to be a permanent, sustainable and natural-looking solution to tooth loss.