Dental health is an essential aspect of our well-being and it is crucial to maintain it at all times. Unfortunately, some people experience tooth loss, which affects their dental health and overall appearance. In such cases, dentures and dental implants are two popular options for restoring teeth. As a leading family dental practice on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, we help a lot of clients determine the best option to suit their needs, lifestyle and budget.
Dentures are removable dental devices that replace missing teeth and gums. They are custom-made to fit the shape and size of your mouth and can be made from a variety of materials including cobalt chrome/metal and acrylic. Dentures can be removable or permanent and are used to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth.
Benefits of Dentures
- Affordability: Dentures are generally more affordable than dental implants, especially if looking for a short to medium-term solution.
- Convenience: Dentures are removable and can be easily cleaned and maintained.
- Non-invasive: Dentures do not require surgery and can be fitted in a single visit to the dentist.
Disadvantages of Dentures
- Discomfort: Dentures may cause discomfort and irritation, especially during the adjustment period.
- Movement: Dentures may move around in the mouth, causing discomfort and embarrassment.
- Bone loss: Dentures do not prevent bone loss, which can lead to changes in facial structure and difficulty in chewing and speaking.
Dental implants are a permanent and effective solution for replacing missing teeth and involve surgically placing a titanium screw in the jawbone to act as an artificial root to support a prosthetic tooth. Dental implant surgery is a safe and routine procedure that is performed under local anaesthesia.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Durability: Dental implants are long-lasting and can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Comfort: Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth as there is no discomfort or movement.
- Bone preservation: Dental implants stimulate bone growth, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
- Cost: Dental implants are generally more expensive than dentures.
- Surgery: Dental implant surgery is invasive and may require multiple visits to the dentist.
- Maintenance: Dental implants require proper maintenance, including regular check-ups and cleanings.
Should you choose dentures or dental implants?
The decision between dentures and dental implants is a personal one and depends on various factors, including your oral health, budget and lifestyle. Ultimately it is your mouth, so it is your choice. If you’re ready to discuss this important decision, our friendly and professional staff are the best dentists on the Northern Beaches and offer holistic and personalised services.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing between dentures and dental implants:
- Oral Health: Dental implants are the preferred option if you have good oral health, including healthy gums and adequate jawbone density. Dentures may be a better option if you have poor oral health or insufficient jawbone density.
- The Number of Missing Teeth: If a patient is missing one or a few teeth, a dental implant may be a better option as it can replace individual teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. On the other hand, if a patient is missing several or all their teeth, dentures may be a better option as they can replace multiple teeth at once. In some cases, a combination of dental implants and dentures may be recommended.
- Age: Generally, dental implants are a better option for younger patients with good overall health and adequate jawbone density. Older patients may have a higher risk of complications from dental implant surgery, such as poor healing or infection. Additionally, older patients may have bone loss or gum disease which makes them better candidates for dentures.
- Budget: If cost is a significant concern, dentures may be a more affordable option. However, it is important to consider the long-term costs of maintenance and replacement.
- Lifestyle and Durability: If you lead an active lifestyle or participate in sports, dental implants may be a better option as they are more durable and less likely to cause discomfort during physical activities. Dentures may also require more maintenance, care and replacement over time, which may not be suitable for a busy lifestyle.
- Comfort and Cosmetic Concerns: If you are concerned about the comfort of dentures and dental implants as well as the appearance of your teeth, dental implants may be the better option as they look and feel like natural teeth. Dentures may look less natural and cause discomfort or embarrassment.
- Other Medical Conditions: Other medical conditions can impact the decision to get dentures or a dental implant. Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune diseases, may increase the risk of implant failure and make dentures a better option. Additionally, medications that affect bone density, such as steroids or chemotherapy, may also make dentures a better option. If a patient has a healthy immune system, adequate jawbone density and good oral health, dental implants may be a viable option even if they have other medical conditions.
Both dentures and dental implants are viable options for restoring missing teeth. However, each option has its pros and cons and requires proper dental care and maintenance for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Book an appointment online or call us on (02) 9971 6134 and our experienced team at Tooth Sparkler Family Dental can help determine which option is best for you after a thorough examination and consultation.