You are ready to get your smile back, but which treatment is right for you? For many adults looking to replace missing teeth, the choice typically comes down to dentures versus dental implants — both of which have pro’s and con’s.
1. How healthy is my mouth?
Your oral health is the primary factor that determines which
treatments are even possible. While dentures are a viable
solution for those missing most or all their teeth, dental implants are
recommended as the gold standard to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. X-rays and your dental history will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Because surgery is involved, dental implants are more expensive than dentures, but are a more permanent solution. Some insurances cover the cost of both dental implants and dentures.
While everyone has a different experience with dentures, common complaints include clicking noises, constant shifting or slipping (which can impair chewing and speech), a difference in taste, and bad breath.
Dental implants, on the other hand, restore the ability to chew and speak as efficiently as one would with natural teeth, without the bulky feeling commonly reported by patients with dentures. For those who want to get closer to real teeth in terms of form, function and comfort, this more than justifies the investment for dental implants.