In today’s blog entry, we will discuss one of the most common questions we are asked at the Mesquite Dental & Implant Center: “should I get dentures or dental implants?” While we will do our best to provide you with as much information about the benefits of each option, the best way to decide which is right for you is to speak with the dentist directly. Making a decision based on your individual needs will make for the best possible choice.
At the Mesquite Dental & Implant Center, we have helped many people maintain and improve their smiles. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and we have some of the newest technology that allows for better imaging and treatment. Contact us today to learn more about dentures and dental implants, or to schedule an appointment.
What is the Difference Between Dental Implants and Dentures?
Dental implants and dentures are two different ways to replace missing or damaged teeth, but the way that they work could not be more different.
Dentures: Dentures are designed to replicate the look and feel of your teeth by adding fake teeth to a plate that is temporarily adhered to your gums.
Implants: Dental implants can replace a single tooth or all of your teeth. In order to attach dental implants, a dentist must affix anchors in your jaw that the new implants attach to directly.
How Do They Feel?
Any kind of tooth replacement can take some getting used to, but the way that dental implants feel in your mouth is one of the clear advantages they have over dentures. Dental implants are attached directly into your jaw bone, just like your real teeth are. This makes them far superior to dentures in the way that they feel. While implants are usually attached over a number of procedures, there is still a much smaller learning curve to overcome compared to dentures.
Dentures sit on top of your gums, which is not the way that teeth work. Denture-wearers report difficulty with everything from speech to chewing, to a feeling that their mouths are always “too full” (at least until they get used to them). Dentures are more affordable than dental implants, but the feeling of a set of dentures in one’s mouth can be quite uncomfortable.
How Do They Look?
Dentures are designed to look as close to real teeth as possible, just like dental implants. A good set of dentures uses resin and metal to approximate the strength and look of real teeth, and considerable effort is put into making them look like actual teeth instead of the idea of what teeth are supposed to look like.
Dental implants are made from a number of strong but lightweight materials, including titanium and ceramic. While denture makers have made vast improvements in the way dentures look, they almost never look as good as dental implants. As dental implants are attached to the jawbone and are essentially permanent, they look natural, which is what we want when we are replacing teeth.
Deciding Between Implants and Dentures
When you come in to discuss your options, we will look at your dental history, talk about the pros and cons of each option, and look at costs. While dental implants can be expensive, the procedures are spread out to accommodate healing, which means that you might be able to make it work in terms of your budget.
Contact us at the Mesquite Dental & Implant Center today to learn more about dental implants, dentures, and many other kinds of dental treatments that can save, maintain, or restore your smile to the way you want it to be.