Do you have missing teeth that you’d like to replace? Wondering which options are best for you? Dental implants and dentures are both good choices to restore your smile and full chewing capacity. Here’s what you should know before deciding between these methods of replacing teeth.
Look & Feel
Dental implants look and feel like real teeth. They can be color matched to existing teeth and are useful in situations where only a few replacement teeth are needed. Because they are physically implanted into the jaw onto posts, implants won’t move or slip and shouldn’t affect your speech. Care is the same as for real teeth, and there is no restriction on the type of foods you can eat. Whether you are having all or just some of your teeth replaced, implants may feel the most natural.
Dental implants are affixed to the actual jaw bone in a process of 2 to 3 surgeries over several weeks. The posts are allowed to become surrounded by healthy gum tissue before the false tooth is attached. This makes for a lengthier process than with dentures, but it supports the jaw and prevents loss of bone and subsequent changes in facial structure.
Dental implants last around 25 years. They are comfortable and should not ever need adjustments for fit.
Not everyone is a candidate for implants. You must have sufficient bone structure in place and good gum health to consider this option. You must also be able to undergo the surgeries and handle anesthesia. Dental implants cost more at the outset than dentures and may not be covered by insurance. A consultation with your dentist will confirm if implants are a viable choice.
Easy to Fit
Dentures are customized to fit your mouth and are matched to remaining teeth if need be. The process to get dentures made is much faster than for implants and does not require surgery. They are a good choice for those who don’t have the bone mass for implants or who can’t have surgery.
Dentures are often covered by insurance and are less expensive than implants, making them a more accessible solution for many people.
Dentures do require more attention, both in the day to day cleaning and soaking when removed at night to the overall durability. Dentures will have to be replaced every 5 years on average, and the fit may never feel as real as your original teeth.
Four Corners Dental Group serves Alaska with both dental implants and dentures, as well as affordable family dentistry. They are passionate about preventive care and can address cosmetic, restorative, or emergency dental issues. Call (907) 258-3384 to make an appointment in their Anchorage office or (907) 376-2790 to reach their Wasilla location. Visit their website to learn more about their full range of dental services.