If you are facing the loss of your teeth, you are faced with a crucial decision: should you get dental implants or should you get dentures? This decision will affect not only your oral health, but your general health as well, because it will impact your ability to eat a balanced diet.
It’s important to note briefly that even if you get dental implants, you will still be getting dentures–they’ll just be secured to your implants–so the decision is really whether to get implants with your dentures. Here are some factors to consider.
Why Dental Implants
Dental implants are the tooth replacement option that is most like your natural teeth. Dental implants have an artificial root that secures the denture in your mouth. Your dentures can be made so they fit over the implants in a removable way or so that they are permanently affixed.
Dental implants will give you optimum performance from your dentures. In every way, dentures with dental implants are better than dentures without dental implants. This includes:
- Dentures stay in place better
- Improved chewing
- Improved comfort
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Dentures last longer
Basically, if you can get dental implants, you should.
Why Not Dental Implants?
So if you always want to get dental implants, why wouldn’t you? Well, there are several reasons you might not be a candidate for dental implants. If you’ve been without teeth for a while or if you have had gum disease that has attacked your jawbone, you might not have enough bone to anchor dental implants.
And speaking of gum disease, if you have always had gum disease and we can’t seem to get it under control, dental implants may not be the best choice.
Some other risk factors, like diabetes, smoking, and impaired bone healing can also be concerns we will have to consider.
Cost isn’t a reason to not get dental implants. Although dental implants do cost more, the benefits you get over the years are well worth the investment. If necessary, dental implants can be financed.
Get the Best Dentures
Even if you get dental implants, but especially if you don’t, you want to get the best dentures available. Better dentures will improve the fit, function, and appearance of your smile. Although you won’t have the same level of function as if you had implants, you can still be happy with your dentures.