Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Dentures or dental implants? You may be wondering which one is best for you when dealing with tooth loss. Even if you’re not ready for them yet, the truth is that at some point in their lives most people will need some sort of dental appliance to help them speak, chew, and live a normal life. Planning ahead is never a bad idea, so whether you’re thinking about the future or ready for them now, the professionals at Lincoln Smiles are here to help you make clear sense of both options.
A Look at Dentures
Most people know what dentures are and how they work. Dentures are the tried-and-true, time-tested way to deal with tooth loss going back centuries. They’re also the easiest, requiring zero surgery and are the most cost effective. Those benefits aside, dentures do have the stigma of being seen as something for the very old and the opposite of youthful. Dentures also require upkeep, and will eventually have to be replaced as time goes by.
Dental implants are the present and future of tooth loss. The benefits of dental implants are many. They’re the “fix-it-and-forget-it” solution to tooth loss. Starting with the biggest and most beneficial aspect to most people, they’re the most natural looking answer to tooth loss. It will be difficult for people to tell what kind of teeth you have with dental implants. They’re also easy to maintain, requiring only the same amount of work as you already do now with brushing and flossing your teeth. That means no unsightly overnight cleaning in a glass by your bedside. Dental implants do cost more than dentures, so that’s something to keep in mind when weighing your options.
A Quick Look at Bridges and Crowns
Bridges were once the only choice that you had in the past to fill a space in your mouth that was located between teeth, but is still an option today. Unlike implants, which completely take the place of your tooth root, bridges use nearby teeth as support to top the empty space with a crown. Dental bridges look more natural than dentures, last about a decade, and their price depends on which ones you select.
Now that you know your options for dealing with tooth loss, you’re better equipped to make a choice that works best for you. Dentures are the least natural but cheapest, dental implants are the most natural and longest-lasting but most expensive, and dental bridges are an in-between option for filling a gap in your teeth. To help you decide, give us a call today at 916-543-8800 and we’ll be more than happy to make you an appointment to stop by Lincoln Smiles and fill you in on even more details and bridge the gap in your knowledge about tooth loss.