How do Dentures Compare to Dental Implants?

Best DenistDentures or implants?

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

“Dentures create a secret,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “While dentures have come a long way from the days they were made of ceramic, even an excellent lower denture can slip, causing embarrassment and discomfort,” she adds.

Because dentures can slip, they often make eating hard foods like carrots and apples difficult. From a cosmetic viewpoint, dentures can alter your speech, making you self-conscious and nervous both at the office and at home, and in front of family and friends.

The advantage? Dentures tend to be a less expensive option and can be fitted and finalized in less time than implants.

Dental implants are firmly embedded in the jaw. They look and act like regular teeth. They match your own teeth patterns, or bite, so there is a shorter adjustment period.  “Implants may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but because they are the same size and shape as your original teeth, the adjustment period doesn’t last long.

“Dentures cover parts of the upper palate of the mouth, which means covering  taste buds,” explains Dr. Ford. “And covered taste buds means your enjoyment of food is reduced.  In some cases, that can lead to poor food choices—items that are easy to chew instead of healthful,” Dr. Ford adds.

Implants not only allow you to eat all the foods you ate before, but enjoy it as much as you do with your own teeth. Well-fitted implants don’t affect your speech or taste, and you can choose a color that matches or brightens your smile.

According to the Oral and Dental Health Resource Center sponsored by Colgate toothpaste, there are people who are better candidates for implants than others. A good candidate for implants are those who are

  • Healthy in general
  • Over 18 (so the jaw has stopped growing)
  • Take good care of their teeth and gums

Those who may not be good candidates include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Heavy smokers
  • Those with immune deficiency diseases
  • Those who have received radiation to the head or neck

The only way you will know which option is right for you is to discuss all your choices with your dentist. Your decision will be made with information about your specific needs.

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