If you have any sort of tooth loss, you may be wondering what your options are. There are a couple different ways to go, and depending on your specific needs and situation will determine which is best for you. These two basics are dentures or dental implants. In the following discussion, we evaluate both options to help you decide what is the best choice.
When it comes to the appearance of your smile, you may be wondering what the difference is between the standard dentures and dental implants. Basically, where dentures are somewhat realistic looking to replace some or all of your teeth; Implants have been shown to be much more real looking. This is in part due to the fact that they are subject to newer technology.
There is also a question of convenience when it comes to dental implants over dentures. Dentures are removable and sometimes must be attached to the gums with an adhesive. This has been shown to be ineffective in many cases, and not so convenient for denture wearers. Implants on the other hand, are attached into your root with titanium screws to act as your original tooth’s root- they do not need to be taken out to wash or rinse. They can just be brushed and flossed as you would normal teeth.
Another thing to consider when determining if dentures or Implants are best for you, is the eating aspect. With dentures, it can often be very difficult to eat certain foods, as they are not as strong or useful as real teeth. Moreover, they are not attached to your root; and so foods can get caught in there. With dental implants, you can eat whatever kinds of foods you like. Plus, with dentures you are at only 10% chewing efficiency whereas with Implants, you are at 98% chewing efficiency.
4. In Place:
Along with the convenient aspect of this article, dentures must be kept in place at all times at the responsibility of the wearer. This can be a pain and embarrassing if they slip off the gum-which is common. With Implants, however, because they are rooted in place with screws, this will never happen- this cuts down on any sort of embarrassment or inconvenience.
Lastly, though dental implants may sound like the way to go hands down, dental implants cost quite a bit; and are often not covered by insurance, as they are considered cosmetic. Dental implants prices-while varying based on where you go and their materials-can be anywhere from $1000 to $3000 per tooth. This said, depending on how many teeth you need replaced, you could be spending a lot of money.
Dr. Delaram Hanookai is a Los Angeles-based Periodontist who has trained with the world’s most prominent Dental Implantologists. She is known as the “Plastic Surgeon of the Smile.” Click here for more information on Invisalign. Or call (818) 788-8787.