Dentures VS Implants – Which Are Best for Me?

Looking closely at dentures

There are different types of dental extractions, some of which are far more complicated than others. If the tooth is still visible and easily accessible, the extraction process is fairly simple. These can be done under a local anesthetic, with or without sedation. Surgical extractions are more complicated, as they involve teeth that are not visible or easily accessible, either because they have not fully erupted or are broken off. More complicated extractions require bone removal and/or lifting back part or all of the gum tissue in order to expose the tooth. When preparing for a dental extraction, the dentist will discuss with you not only your dental history, but your overall medical history as well. He or she may also take x-rays. In order to prevent any possible complications, inform your dental professional about any medications you are on, including over the counter products and herbal supplements. You might be prescribed antibiotics in order to get rid of any oral infections you might have. It’s important that you are upfront with everything, even if it doesn’t seem important to you.

Possible issues with dentures

Because dentures fail to stimulate the gum and bone when eating the same way teeth do, bone loss can become a factor. When there’s a loss of bone the dentures can become ill fitting. Dentists will need to check for problems such losing the width and height in the jawbone and visit a dentist periodically. Often it is necessary for dentures to be refitted, or to have new dentures made for a better fit. A dentist can recommend the best adhesive to use in keeping well-fitted dentures in place.

Benefits from implants

Implants are strong and sturdy, as these have directly fused to the bone. A hole is drilled into the jaw and the implant is affixed to this spot. As the bone heals, the implant is fused or united directly to the jaw. The implant ends in a screw type opening and here the prosthetic tooth can be fitted until it aligns with surrounding teeth for a natural look. This new replacement tooth has the support of both the implant and bone so the function is much like a natural tooth. Usually, those who have implants see less bone loss than those who have dentures. While a simple in office procedure of realigning the replacement is sometimes necessary it’s very rare for implants to need replacement. These typically last for decades, and with care usually have no need for additional work.

Other aspects of implants

With implants, it’s necessary to have surgery to implant the tooth. Occasionally, bone loss will make the implant unstable and it may be necessary to have a bone graft before this procedure. It is still necessary to care for the new tooth as it is with the existing natural teeth. Flossing and brushing are necessary to ensure the health of the gums. Most patients will need recovery time while the bone and implant fuse together. Ultimately, your dentist or oral surgeon will make a recommendation for either dentures or implants based on your oral health and other factors. If, however, you are uncomfortable with the recommendation, you should not hesitate to ask him or her questions about other options.