Dentures vs Implants: The Pros and Cons
Making the decision between dentures or implants for either yourself or your loved one isn’t the most exciting decision, but could affect the health of your loved one. Both have advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to make an informed decision.
- Pros: Dentures help maintain a more natural smile and face shape. There is no sinking or misalignment in the mouth or jaw. This can come with a certain set of confidence can make your loved one happier. They’re also a little more practical, since you or your loved one don’t have to worry about avoiding foods. Also, financially, dentures aren’t as expensive as implants.
- Cons: There’s a certain adjustment period that comes with dentures. Like any dental device, there will be some speech impediments for a little while until the mouth gets used to wearing it. There’s also the possibility that the dentures can come loose in the mouth, causing chewing and speaking issues. Dentures also have to be removed, cleaned, and replaced at certain intervals to avoid any sores or irritations in the mouth.
- Pros: Implants look more like real teeth. Since the implants are replaced and attached individually, they feel more normal and there’s no adjustment period. The ability to chew foods is greater and there isn’t as much maintenance as with dentures. Just brushing and flossing, like you would regular teeth.
- Cons: The cost. Several implant procedures can get expensive, and is rarely covered by dental insurance because it’s considered an elective procedure. It also is a long procedure, requiring multiple stages to complete.
If you or your loved one is considering dentures or implants, call Dr. Real at (714) 525-2888 to make an appointment. Dr. Real can advise you in which direction might be best for you or your loved one’s teeth.