The choice between these two is actually subjective. While dentures are a replacement that is easily chosen by many, dental implants are stronger and last longer.
It is worth understanding a few other factors too before one is able to make a choice between these two options of replacing missing teeth.
They both function to take place of the missing teeth. The time; however, that will be required for the replacement to be effected will range from 4 to 12 weeks for dentures and may also depend on the recommendation from the dentist.
Here, these two methods of replacing missing teeth will be viewed regarding the benefits each has over the other.
- Dental implants are not covered by insurance. Even though the trend is changing and seeing some insurance companies cover them, it still will prove extremely expensive to cover if at all one has many teeth to replace.
- It is also good to realize that dentures can be changed easily while it may prove difficult to do the same for the dental implants looking at their nature. But in real practice, the dental implant is more useful than a denture in the case of normal dental functions.
- Dentures have a high maintenance requirement considering time and the amount of care that is needed. This is because dental implants actually act like normal teeth. Depending on how much care a person is willing to dedicate to keeping the dentures healthy is important in making the choice. This is true because there are several problems that may come along if the replacements are not properly cared for.
- The dentures too do not help prevent the degeneration or loss of the bones that hold the teeth and dental implants do this effectively. It should be noted that this loss of the bone is detrimental in worse cases and is therefore advisable that if one has chosen to go with dentures, they ensure that there be no neglect of any advised care practices.
Seen from the above four situations, it is obvious that one should consider all those factors and make the correct choice. However, a dental implant is worth it if the replacement is being made for a one missing tooth.
The considerations will also depend on the flexibility of one’s budget to a large extent. Acquiring each comes at its different cost depending also on the space that should be filled.
For both cases; however, a visit to the dentist is always advisable so as to make sure that no infections arise. It is also possible for the process to turn out faulty and therefore an early counter measure will be more effective for both cases.