If you need to replace lost or damaged teeth, you'll have a few options in Canmore. Two of the most popular are dentures and implants. Our dentists explain more about each option here.
Why People Get Implants or Dentures
Implants and dentures each serve the function of replacing missing teeth.They allow patients to chew food, support facial muscles by restoring the natural shape of the jaw and can improve speech. Many of our patients also tell us they feel increased self-esteem and reduced negative feelings regarding their appearance.
Why Choose One Option Over the Other
Since they have the same end goals, your dentist will look at other factors to help you learn which of the two options is most suitable for you. These factors include preference, price, and the health of your remaining teeth and jawbone.
Advantages of Implants
Dental implants do not require much special maintenance. Caring for your implant(s) involves sticking to your regular daily dental care routine; brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day will help keep your implant clean alongside your remaining natural teeth. Another advantage is that implants are a more permanent solution, so patients in their 60s and younger might prefer implants as they can provide decades of service (provided they are well-cared for).
Some find that dental implants offer better chewing and comfort than dentures.
Disadvantages of Implants
Implants are generally more expensive than dentures, which can be a reason why patients decide against them in favour of dentures. Another issue is that implants require a certain bone density to be affixed to a patient's jaw, and so if you have previously suffered from bone loss, they may be a poor fit for your needs.
Implants are also potentially subject to a number of health complications including infection and mechanical problems, such as loose posts or cracked crowns.
Advantages of Dentures
The most immediate appeal of dentures, when contrasted with implants, is that they tend to be more affordable. They also work much better for individuals who've suffered bone loss in their jaw, and for those who are not interested in the more invasive treatments and procedures required to install a dental implant.
For these reasons, some patients are more likely to prefer dentures to implants.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Dentures are less permanent than implants and are removable. Dentures also require special maintenance to keep clean. In order to clean dentures (which should be done daily), they need to be removed after eating and brushed. You may also need to brush away any bits of adhesive that are lingering on your gums. Furthermore, you shouldn’t wear your dentures overnight. Dentures should be soaked in water or a special cleaning solution while you sleep.
Another thing to be aware of is that your mouth changes over time. Your dentist will have to periodically refit your dentures to accommodate for this. Implants are permanent, and will typically not require this.
Dentures vs Dental Implants - The Final Verdict
Ultimately, there are good reasons to choose both implants and dentures – it all depends on your personal situation. We recommend speaking with your dentist, who can help you make the choice that is best for you.