If you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you may be wondering what your options are for restoring your smile. Two of the most popular options are dentures and dental implants. Both dentures and dental implants have their advantages and disadvantages, and the best option for you will depend on your preferences.
Dr. Huynh and the team at Eastport Dental in Mesa, AZ, have years of experience helping patients restore their smiles with dentures and dental implants. We understand that every patient is unique and will work with you to find the best solution for your individual needs. Bottom line, we want you to have a smile that’s functional, healthy, and you feel great about.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are custom-made to fit your mouth. They are typically made of acrylic resin, and may also include metal for added strength.
Dentures come in two types: full and partial. Full dentures are used to replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth while clasping into place around the healthy teeth you still have.
With dentures, you can quickly replace all of your teeth at one time. No extra surgeries or restorations are needed.
Advantages of Dentures
One of the biggest advantages of dentures is that they are a relatively inexpensive option for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are also non-invasive, meaning that they don’t require surgery like dental implants do. Additionally, dentures can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance, which can be a convenient option for some people.
Disadvantages of Dentures
One of the biggest disadvantages of dentures is that they can be uncomfortable to wear, especially if they don’t fit properly or you’ve experienced changes in the shape of your smile (which is normal over time.) Dentures may sometimes slip or shift in your mouth while eating or speaking, which can be embarrassing or uncomfortable. Additionally, dentures may need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years as your mouth and jawbone change over time. That being said, they are still a cheap way to quickly replace missing teeth and preferred by many people.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which sit on top of your gums, dental implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone and act like artificial tooth roots. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is implanted into your jawbone and a custom-made crown that is attached to the post. Their integrity allows us to replace as few or many teeth as needed; in fact, as few as four dental implants can anchor a full-arch hybrid restoration (such as “All-on-4” designs.)
Advantages of Dental Implants
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they look and feel like natural teeth. Because dental implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone, they are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime with proper care. Yes, really. Additionally, dental implants can help preserve your jawbone and prevent further bone loss, which can occur when teeth are missing. This helps slow premature aging in your facial profile and preserves normal bite alignment, since they are non-invasive to neighboring teeth.
And did we mention that dental implants can last for the rest of your life?
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
One of the biggest disadvantages of dental implants is that they are a more expensive option than dentures. Additionally, dental implants require a minor surgery, which can be intimidating for some people. Thankfully, the surgical procedure itself is minimally invasive and usually easier than having a tooth pulled. Dental implants also require a longer healing time than dentures, as your jawbone needs time to fuse with the implant post. But as long as you’re patient, implants offer the best return on investment.
Which Option Is Right for You?
When deciding between dentures and dental implants, there are several factors to consider. Your budget, your oral health, and your personal preferences will all play a role in determining which option is right for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If you’re on a tight budget, dentures may be the better option for you.
- If you have good oral health and are looking for a long-term solution, dental implants may be the better choice.
- If you’re concerned about the discomfort or inconvenience of dentures, dental implants may be the better solution.
We’re here to guide you through the decision-making process, weighing the pros and cons to help you find the best tooth replacement in Mesa.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Huynh
If you’re still unsure which option is right for you, the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Huynh. Dr. Huynh can evaluate your oral health and discuss your options with you to help you make an informed decision about your smile’s future. Call us today!