Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which Is Right for Me?

If you’re missing teeth, the good news is that there are more replacement options out there for you to choose from than ever before. But, for some people, having so many choices can also be a bit overwhelming. In this blog post, we’d like to tackle two of the more popular options—dental implants and dentures—so you can have a clearer picture about the advantages and possible disadvantages to both.

man holding his chin pondering dental implants vs dentures

Pros & Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered a more permanent option because they’re fully secured in place and they’re designed to last a lifetime with proper care. Due to this, they feel quite natural, and you don’t have to worry about taking them in and out, or be concerned with them slipping or falling out.

Unlike dentures, getting dental implants involves getting oral surgery. That means that you need to have good oral health as well as a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw in order to be considered a candidate for the procedure. If this is not the case with you, or if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of dental surgery, then you may want to consider dentures.

Pros & Cons of Dentures

If you are missing a significant number of teeth in your upper or lower jaw, then dentures might be the better choice for you. Compared to dental implants, they can be placed as a whole set which makes them a more affordable procedure. And speaking of affordability, many people who are on a tighter budget opt for dentures because of their lower upfront costs.

Since dentures are a type of dental prosthesis that rests on your gums, they may take more getting used to than dental implants. Along with becoming accustomed to their feel, you’ll need to remember to clean and soak them properly on a daily basis compared to dental implants which you can treat just like your other natural teeth.

Still need some help deciding between the two tooth-replacement options? At Michael Giovannini, DDS, we provide both dental implants as well as dentures so we’re happy to have you in for a consultation to help you decide. Contact our dental practice today to set up your visit!

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