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Dental implants or dentures…which would you prefer?

While suffering from dental issues, most of us are in a dilemma as to which procedure to undergo. In the first place one needs to have a notion about the basic differences between these two procedures.

Both Dental implants and Dentures are the two main options available to people who are facing the issue of a missing tooth. Research suggests that a large chunk of middle aged and old aged people are vexed with this problem. The cause might be an accident, tooth decay, gum disease or simply old age.

As far as their primary difference is concerned, dental implants are more permanent in nature while dentures are not. The former is a technique through which the replacement tooth is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The latter on the other hand, is merely false teeth which require to be secured with a good adhesive. If not, they bear chances of falling out while speaking or eating!

From the discussion so far, it is presumably clear to our readers that be it 5 years or 7, your dentures would need to be redone. But in case of the other technique in question, they are known to last for even 20 years or more. Titanium is used in case of making dental implants. This makes them stronger as compared to dentures which are actually made up of porcelain. Thus, it is almost impossible for the implants to break off. Therefore, due to their durable and resilient nature, they are not needed to be replaced at the interval of few years, quite unlike dentures.

So that could be well considered as more or less a permanent solution. Can’t it?  So, why do people go for dentures at all?

  1. If your jaws are weak and gums are incapable of withstanding a surgical intervention, you do not have a choice but go for dentures. Implants are ideal for a healthy dental state of the individual.
  2. Initially, dentures are more cost effective. Dental implants cut deeper through your pocket!

Having said that, a deeper comparison would actually reveal that implants are more cost-effective! Here’s how…

  • Dentures need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years on an average. The average life span of implants is a whooping 20 to 25 years (that’s the time period between which you might need to go for dentures twice or even thrice!)
  • There are some hidden, or you might say, added costs to opting for dentures. Adhesives and creams, cleaning solutions and replacement costs, if considered, would make dentures a bad choice
  • It kills time as it needs to be removed regularly for cleaning and also restricts your chewing capacity! (Remember, time is money!)

In a nutshell, despite dental implants being costlier and the functions of both dentures and implants being same, the former is preferred to the latter by most beneficiaries today. In this fast moving world, long term benefits score much over short term ones even though it calls for some extra expenses to be incurred.