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Dentures vs. Dental Implants: Which One Should You Choose?


Posted on 3/22/2021 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Dentures vs. Dental Implants: Which One Should You Choose?Tooth loss can be an understandably distressing experience, but don't worry because modern dentistry has solutions for your woes. Dentures and dental implants are both effective teeth restoration options.

Here, we weigh the pros and cons of dentures and dental implants to help you decide which one is best for you. Assess your situation and choose a suitable option so that you never have to stop yourself from smiling again.

Dentures


Dentures are prosthetic appliances that are supported by the soft and hard tissues of the space vacated by your missing teeth. They usually have a pink-colored base made from acrylic.

Dentures can either be complete or partial. Complete dentures are used to replace a patient's teeth in their upper or lower jaws. Partial dentures are tailored to fill in the gaps where your teeth are missing. They are used when some natural teeth are still in place. Here are pros and cons of opting for dentures:

Pros of Dentures


•  More financially feasible than implants.
•  Fitting dentures is a non-invasive process where drilling into the a-bone is not required.
•  They are suitable for patients who have gone through bone and gum loss.
•  Making dentures is a quick procedure.

Cons of Dentures


•  Adjustment or replacement may be required.
•  They can be initially uncomfortable.
•  Dentures require daily care.

Dental Implants


Dental implants are made of titanium rods or screws that are drilled into your jawbone. They are a replacement for roots and act as a base for permanent tooth replacement, known as a crown.

Implants can be used to compensate for loss of either single or multiple teeth. They eventually function similar to natural teeth and can last a lifetime. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of dental implants:

Pros of Dental Implants


•  Dental implants have a success rate of more than 95%.
•  They can be cared for like natural teeth.
•  Dental implants allow bone growth.
•  They maintain the integrity of your jaw bones and facial structure.

Cons of Dental Implants


•  They are more expensive compared to dentures.
•  Dental implants require healthy bones and gums to attach securely to your jaw.

Dentures are more reasonably priced and can even be chosen by patients who have experienced gum and bone loss. On the other hand, dental implants are long-lasting and feel more natural. At West End Dental, we can correctly diagnose your problem and suggest the most suitable solution. Schedule an appointment by giving us a call at (503) 446-2957 today.

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