Missing teeth can negatively affect your self-esteem, your overall health, and your remaining natural teeth. One in four people over 74 are missing all their teeth and almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35-44 are missing at least one tooth. Fortunately, you have choices when it comes to tooth restoration. Two of those are dental implants and dentures and it’s important that you understand the benefits of both before you make a choice.
When Are Dentures the Right Choice?
Many who are missing all their teeth opt for dentures over dental implants. Dentures are removable replacements and come in partial sets or a full set. They are popular for people who are missing all their teeth rather than one or two in different spots. Since they were originally developed, they have advanced in many ways, and they look incredibly natural.
The cost of dentures is significantly lower than implants up front and can be the best choice for those with a weak or unhealthy jaw. They can be removed at any time throughout the day, although they can slip while you are speaking or eating. If not fitted properly, they can also lead to tooth decay and infection and they must be replaced and cleaned regularly.
Should You Choose Dental Implants?
Implants have unique benefits and although they are more expensive in the beginning, they can last decades. This lessens the overall cost with time and makes them more cost-effective in many situations. Implants are cemented in the jaw and protect the jawbone from disintegration. They are also permanent fixtures that don’t move or shift.
Implants can make you feel as if you never even lost a tooth. They are often more comfortable than dentures and appear more natural. They are easy to maintain and care for as they require the same treatment as your natural teeth.
Let Us Help You Decide:
Before you make any decisions about treatment, you should consult with a professional such as Dr. Weimar. Call us at Weimar Family & Implant Dentistry to learn more.