Dentures or implants? Trying to choose how to replace your missing teeth can be a big decision. Your teeth are a fundamental part of who you are – they help shape the contours of your face, affect your smile, your speech and the foods you eat. All these things can affect your confidence dramatically. It’s really important you take the time to think carefully and talk to your dentist to choose the best solution for you.
The good news is: dental technology has improved dramatically over recent years. The options to replace your missing teeth are better than ever before. Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of the choices most often offered to people with missing teeth: dentures and dental implants.
Making the right choice for you
Dentures – or false teeth – fit into the space of your missing teeth. They can be made of acrylic resin or porcelain, mounted on a plastic-covered, metal base. They will need to be taken out every evening to be cleaned. Dental implants, however, are permanent solutions to missing teeth. Made of porcelain and titanium and fixed directly to your jaw, they’re stable replacements which simply become part of you.
Dentures: the pros and cons
- Dentures are usually quicker to measure up and fit
- They can often be fitted on the same day as a tooth extraction
- They may be appropriate if you have problems with your gums or jaws
- They’re traditionally cheaper than dental implants
Research by Fixodent revealed 71% of denture wearers had a genuine fear of laughing. They were anxious that their dentures might pop out when they were least expecting.
- You’ll need to remove them every night for cleaning – in addition to your usual teeth cleaning
- They will need replacing between 5 and 10 years
- Dentures can move or become dislodged when talking, chewing or laughing
- Are likely to need adjusting and can become loose
- They will have an impact on your lifestyle so are a lifestyle choice
- They may prevent you eating certain foods – chewy meats like steak, or even sugar-free gum, which can stick to the palette of the denture
- Food can easily become stuck under dentures, which can be very painful
- Loose or ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort
- They won’t prevent the natural aging process of your mouth and gums.
“65% of denture wearers say that they avoid certain foods because of their dentures. The most common reasons given for this are concerns that chewing will dislodge their dentures, that particles may get stuck and that these particles will hurt their gums” (Fixodent research)
Dental implants: the pros and cons
- Permanent solutions which fix directly into the bone
- Lightweight, strong and stable – so you can continue to enjoy the food you love
- Once fully healed, can be easily cleaned as part of your usual oral care routine
- Help to preserve your natural face shape
- A more natural replacement for your missing teeth
- A more natural fit – less risk of food becoming trapped under the gumline
- Implants can last a lifetime with correct care.
“Dental implants can give you a natural, confident smile. People have said to my patients: I wouldn’t know you have dental implants”. Dr James Main
- They are more costly – and are a higher investment than dentures
- Smoking can affect whether your implants are successful in the long term, and can cause particular problems with your mouth or jaw.
- Fitting implants do come with a risk of complications, as do all surgical procedures.
We can help you achieve your perfect smile
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. We can help you make the best choice for your mouth – and help give you the confidence you deserve. Our dentist, Dr James Main, has extensive experience in implant dentistry and has placed over 800 implants. Our practice offers a variety of treatment options with finance available through Medenta. Call us on 01458 832 193 today to see how we can help you achieve your perfect smile.Previous