The need to replace missing teeth is not only for a better smile, but it also impacts your ability to eat, facial structure & speech to a great extent. Implant & Dentures both are excellent solutions for the restoration of function and smile. Dentures are removable teeth replacements. They take support from the tooth and tissue & rest on the bone ridge.
Implants are permanent teeth replacements. They are a titanium alloy screw, that is placed inside the jaw bone where it integrates with the surrounding bone, acting like tooth roots. A dental crown is placed over the implant after it has completely healed. For a successful Implant, a healthy amount of surrounding bone to integrate & heal is substantial.
Denture is a good option for patients with unhealthy gum or lack of a substantial amount of healthy bone or when the ridges have undergone resorption with age.
Lifespan of Implants vs Dentures
Implants have a very long lifespan if properly maintained. They mimic a more healthy, natural look & feel more comfortable. Dentures either need to be repaired, replaced or relined with time, due to the gradual resorption of the underlying bone. Patients need some time to get used to new dentures, as they might feel bulky in the beginning.
Fit & Stability of Implants vs Dentures
Implants are fused with the surrounding bone & the overlying crown is fitted over it, and they don’t slip and slide. If not properly fitted, dentures might have movement while eating or speaking and might cause sores.
Maintenance of Implants vs Dentures
Implants can be cleaned by regular habits of proper brushing & flossing. Dentures can be easily removed by the patient whenever they want and are easy to clean. Dentures need to be cleared regularly after taking them out of the mouth.
Preservation of bone & surrounding tissue with Implants vs Dentures
Implants preserve the remaining jawbone and soft tissues in good condition that prevents sagging of the facial structure. The underlying bone on which denture rests, gradually resorb with time can, in turn, cause facial sagging.
Chewing capacity with Implants vs Dentures
Implants restores the chewing capacity fully, with dentures there is a somewhat restriction of chewing certain foods.
Cost of Implants vs Dentures
Implants have a higher up-front cost, but it is a lifelong investment and a more permanent solution. Dentures are less expensive but need to be replaced with time.
Appointments for Implants vs Dentures
Implants require 1-2 appointments of minimally invasive surgeries. Dentures don’t require surgery unless removal of hyperplastic tissue or bony undercuts is needed. It might require 3-4 visits as there are multiple steps before final fabrication.
Book a consultation with Dr. Hassanein at our Toronto dental office to discuss the best option for you to replace any missing teeth.