The news that your natural teeth could no longer be repaired was not what you wanted to hear. Now there is a decision to make. Should you choose implants over dentures?
As you mull over your choices, keep these aspects of dental implants in mind. You will find that they are likely the right choice.
Why Choose Implants Over Dentures?
There are lots of reasons to choose implants over dentures and here are the most obvious ones:
1. Look More Natural
It’s true that the dentures of today are superior to those of years past. Even so, it is a rare plate that provides a fully natural look.
If you would prefer that people not know you are have anything other than the real thing in your mouth, dental implants are the way to go.
Thanks to the way every cap is made to the proper scale and shape, it will be difficult for anyone to tell that they are not your natural teeth.
Add in the way that implants can be tinted so the effect is not an overly-bright smile and you will understand why the look is more natural.
2. Are Easier To Maintain
You’ve heard horror stories about people dropping dentures on hard surfaces while they are cleaning them with a special product.
Do you really want to get into the rut of dealing with adhesives, soaking the plates overnight, and cleaning them with costly products? You can avoid all of that by choosing implants over dentures.
The routine for taking care of your implants is much like taking care of real teeth. You will still brush after meals and use mouthwash when you like.
Implants don’t come out, so you never have to worry about them dropping to the floor.
As long as you take the same precautions that are necessary for keeping natural teeth in good shape, you will be fine.
3. Dental Implants Don’t Slip
Another reason to choose implants over dentures is that they stay in position at all times.
Have you ever been with someone at a dinner or party and noticed their dentures are slipping out of place? That means a quick run to the bathroom to apply more adhesive and put the plate back in position.
Since implants occupy the same space where your real teeth once resided, they will not slip. You can rest assured they look great and will not land in the soup while you are trying to eat.
4. Implants Last Longer Than Dentures
Dental implants are more costly (over $1500 per tooth) than most dentures on the front end. The thing to remember is that they will last for a long time.
By contrast, you may have to replace dentures after several years. That’s because the shape of your gums will shift and there are so many ways to alter the contours of a denture plate.
You could easily have to buy two or three sets of dentures over the years and exceed the cost of getting implants in the first place.
If you suspect that some sort of alternative to real teeth will be needed soon, now is the time to consult with an expert in dentistry and find out if you are a candidate for implants.
Compare them to dentures and see what you think. Once they are in place, you will know for sure that you made the right decision.