Coke or Pepsi? Paper or plastic? Republican or Democrat? PC or Mac? Like any thing that people can debate about and take sides over, the argument over which is better, dentures or dental implants continues on. Where pros and cons exist for both, dental issues, health concerns,budgetary restrictions and other deciding factors make the choice one of personal preference.
Surgically attached to the patient’s jaw and cheek bone, dental implants are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. Expected to last for decades, even the rest of your life, dental implants offer a pain-free, low-maintenance alternative to dentures and the stigma of a gap-filled smile. Dental implants can be used to fill just one missing tooth, several teeth in a row or even an entire upper or lower set. Where a dental implant can provide natural-looking teeth that provide a good base for eating, smiling and chewing, the price is often a drawback for many. A full consultation is also needed as only healthy gums and bone structure can support the titanium implants. Another disadvantage of dental implants is that they require sometimes several visits to your dentist.
Dentures have a much longer history in dental science than do implants. Those who need a quick, yet natural-looking replacement for just one, or even several missing teeth find that dentures and bridges provide a cost-efficient solution. Though they need to be secured with dental adhesive, may require reduction in adjoining teeth, and can slip when eating and chewing, dentures have been relied upon for years by people of all ages. They also are necessary when the gums and bone structure are not of optimal health.
For more information about dental implants and dentures, and to discuss which option is best for you, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Bursich.