The dreaded “D” word…dentures. Most people who are told it’s time for dentures would rather not get them, but ultimately understand the importance of taking proper care of their teeth. What if there was a way to avoid dentures? What if there were alternatives that could treat your teeth as well, if not better?
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
In some cases there are alternatives to dentures. One possible difference are dental implants. Dental implants are devices that can be surgically inserted into your jawbone where your roots are supposed to be. Implants can also have crowns or false teeth on top of them. Dental implants are permanent and if making the choice to go with dental implants, you should consult a specialized dentist whom you trust.
Dental implants are generally considered to be more comfortable than ordinary dentures, but you have to be healthy in order to get them. Healthy gum tissue and plenty of existing bone are needed. As dental implants are effectively replacements for your natural roots, it can be a costly procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure
It is also a lengthy procedure lasting 3-6 months for the bone to fully heal around the transplant site. Then the tissue has to heal enough for replacement teeth to be inserted; therefore replacement dentures are given to you. Anesthesia will be used in each procedure and if there are any complications, the process will be longer.
While dental implants have a great feel to them, the cost and length of procedure may be more than some people are willing to undergo or spend. The best plan is to talk to your dentist and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. Your dentist can help you to determine if the benefits of dental implants outweigh the length of the procedure. However, only you can determine whether or not the cost is worth it.
Dentures and dental implants are both ways to fix your ability to use teeth. The best option for you will depend on your current gum/teeth state. Check in with your dentist today and find the solution that is best for you.