All dentists prefer to save a patient’s natural teeth whenever it’s possible to do so. When a tooth can’t be salvaged with treatments like a root canal, it’s time to think about your restoration options. Your dentist can help you weigh the pros and cons of dental implants and dentures.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. They are embedded within the jawbone. Unlike dentures, implants aren’t removable. Many people prefer the convenience of dental implants, since they can be brushed and flossed just like normal teeth. Dentists often prefer implants too, since they protect oral health by preserving jawbone mass.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
As incredible as this dental technology is, implants do have some drawbacks. They require oral surgeries, which not all patients may feel comfortable with. Getting an implant is a multi-step process. First, the dentist has to drill a hole through the bone and place the implant itself. Then, the area must heal for several months before the permanent crown can be placed. As with all oral surgeries, it’s possible for side effects and complications to occur. Additionally, some patients may not have enough bone mass to adequately secure an implant. These patients may need a bone grafting surgery first.
Advantages of Dentures
Unlike implants, dentures don’t require oral surgery—although you might still need a procedure to extract the failing natural tooth. Unlike people who choose implants, patients who receive dentures don’t have a long recovery process, and they can receive their new dentures much sooner. Dentures are also more affordable than implants.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Perhaps the main disadvantage of dentures is the inconvenience. They must be removed for cleaning, and they must be soaked each night. It’s also possible for a poorly fitted denture to cause problems with speech. Patients need to adjust to dietary changes with dentures. Periodically, dentures must be relined and replaced.
When you become a patient at Oak Creek Dental Care, our family dentistry team in Columbus, Ohio will provide the personalized guidance you need to make the best choice for your treatment. Our dentists provide dentures and dental implants, along with a full range of general dentistry services. Request our next available appointment by calling 614-808-8478.