When it comes time to replace a damaged, broken or missing tooth – it’s good to know that there are options available. Among those options, dental implants and dentures are often some of the most common choices chosen by patients at our dental practice in Garden Grove, California.
But the question many patients struggle with tends to be one that really depends on the person asking. That is: “which is better – implants or dentures?”
A Brief Intro to Dentures
For quite a while, dentures were the only viable option there was for replacing a tooth (or teeth) that had gone missing. In fact, you probably won’t have a very hard time thinking of a friend or family member that had some sort of denture (including “permanent dentures” – otherwise known as a dental bridge.)
A typical denture is sculpted to fit your mouth and be held in place by a dental adhesive. The big difference is that they are usually removed every night and soaked. Because of this, a pair of dentures – no matter how good, might not ever feel 100% like your natural teeth.
Then again, many people really enjoy the ability to remove their teeth whenever they need to. For some patients – it’s just more comfortable.
The major factors patients should be aware of when selecting dentures is the health of their jaw and quality. Quality and the quality of your denture’s fit are important because you’ll be using them a lot, and you want them to be as comfortable and useful as possible.
On average, a quality set of dentures will last between 5 and 7 years.
A Brief Intro to Dental Implants
Unlike dentures, dental implants can’t be removed. They consist of a bio-compatible titanium post which is then covered by a crown (or over-denture). The major difference here is that – because of the bio-compatibility of titanium posts – the dental implants actually fuse with your jaw bone, which makes them feel just like your natural teeth in as little as 3 or 4 weeks.
Because of the way the titanium post mimics the root of your teeth and engages the jaw bone – a primary benefit of dental implants is their ability to maintain the strength and density of the jawbone, which helps prevent facial changes like sagging or drooping in the future.
Sometimes, our dentists in Garden Grove combine the technology of dental implants with the technology behind dentures, which is typically called an “over-denture“. This results in a solution with the removable convenience of a denture and the stability and natural-feel of implants.
Unlike dentures – a dental implant should last you a lifetime, as long as you take care of them. While they are more expensive than dentures – it’s important to remember that they will never have to be replaced, whereas a denture wearer might have to replace their denture at least once or twice.