What are your options for restoring your full smile?
With 36 million Americans suffering from edentulism, it’s no surprise that they turn to dentures (removable false teeth) to revive their smile. When it comes to restoring your smile it’s important to know the pros and cons of each option. So what are the pros and cons with dentures? Are there other alternatives to restore your smile?
Over the years dentures have been beneficial for those dealing with partial or full edentulism, especially since technology has improved on their realistic look. But, dentures aren’t the only options for those with missing teeth. Dental implants, or full mouth dental implants, are a viable option when it comes to providing a more natural looking and functional smile. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both options.
Pros of Dentures
- Easily replacement of partial or all teeth
- Reduce the symptoms or chances of Temporomandibular Disorder
- Gives you the ability to eat more foods ensuring an adequate amount of nutrition
- Helps improve self-esteem with a restored smile
- Affordability compared to other alternatives
- Non-invasive process and doesn’t require surgery
Cons of Dentures
- Must be removed often to reduce chances of gum disease or other infections
- Cannot be worn overnight
- Hard or sticky foods must be avoided such as corn on the cob, apples, or sticky candy
- They require the use of adhesives to stay in place
- Can slip and move around in the mouth making them uncomfortable
- They need to be relined regularly due to continued deterioration of your jaw bone
Pros of Full Mouth Dental Implants
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Brush and floss like you would with your natural teeth.
- There are no food restrictions
- Prevents further bone deterioration
- Stimulates bone growth
- They can last a lifetime with proper dental care
- No need for glues or adhesives
Cons of Full Mouth Dental Implants
- Not a viable option for everyone
- Requires surgery for implantation of the titanium root
- Usually more expensive than dentures
- Some require bone augmentation before receiving dental implants
Those that suffer from significant bone loss due to gum disease, bone loss due to extended use of dentures, facial trauma, or developmental defects may not be the best candidate for dental implants. However, there are several techniques that can rebuild and restore your jawbone in order to move forward with dental implants.
If you’re unsure which option is best for you contact Hospital Dental Group at (860)524-5194 to make an appointment. Dr. Ravin will provide a thorough dental exam and go over your medical history in order to determine the right option for you.