You can choose dentures or dental implants if you recently lost a tooth and need to replace it. Depending on your preferences and budget, your dentist can help you choose the best option.
The dentist should give you a breakdown of the pros and cons of each option to help you choose. However, they mostly recommend dental implants over dentures.
Here are a few reasons dental implants are a better alternative.
1. Dental Implants Feel More Natural Than Dentures
Dental implants feel and look more natural on your gums than dentures. During installation, the dentist will plant the implants on your gums to replace the removed natural tooth. The implant will sit firmly on your gum and align with the rest of your teeth.
The implants are a permanent solution to tooth problems, and you can easily get used to them. You can eat anything with the implants and clean your mouth comfortably.
On the other hand, dentures are not permanent and can shift around your mouth and cause discomfort. You can use special adhesives to hold the dentures in place, but they have an unpleasant taste and texture.
2. No Dietary Restrictions With Dental Implants
Dental implants sit firmly on your gums and function just like natural teeth. After the healing period, your dentist will give you the go-ahead to eat anything without restrictions. You only have to care for your teeth as you would care for natural teeth.
On the other hand, with dentures, your dentist will discourage you from eating hard and chewy food. The dentures are not permanent and can shift as you struggle with hard and chewy food. Furthermore, you will always find food particles stuck under the dentures, hence the need to remove and clean the dentures every night.
3. Dental Implants Preserve the Natural Bone and Facial Structure
When you extract a tooth or teeth, you will have gaping holes that destroy your gum, jawbone, and overall structure as you age. However, you can prevent structural damage by installing dental implants.
Dental implants sit on the root's tooth and stick to the jawbone like natural teeth. The implants will fill the gaping holes and preserve your bone structure.
On the other hand, dentures are removable and have no structural effect on your jawbone. While they can help you maintain your facial and jawline structure for a few years, they are less effective than implants.