Remember losing your baby teeth when you were a child, and hiding the tooth under your pillow to trade with the Tooth Fairy for money? Well, the tooth fairy does not come for adults, probably because she assumes that you are taking proper care of your teeth and ought not to be losing them. The reality is, though, that some tooth loss can reasonably be expected as you age, and when that happens, you may find yourself in the position of deciding between dental implants or dentures. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
Putting Clichés to Rest
We have all watched funny scenes in movies where someone’s dentures come loose and fly out at the most inopportune moment. We also probably think of dentures as something that rest in a glass of water on the nightstand while we sleep. The fact is, modern dentures fit very well and are unlikely to come loose and cause embarrassment. And as long as you clean them regularly, you can even wear your dentures to bed if you like. These are things that you should consider when you are deciding if it is to be dental implants or dentures.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The advantage to dental implants, of course, is that they look completely natural, and they work no differently than natural teeth because they are permanently fixed in your mouth. The downside is that they are considerably more costly than dentures. So if you are asking yourself, “Dental implants or dentures?”, then you will need to consider your budget. Also, most dental insurers will cover at least part of the cost of dentures but will not contribute toward implants.
Another thing you should consider is the fact that dentures will likely need to be replaced or adjusted every six years or so; implants will never require adjusting because they are a permanent part of your mouth. The only thing you might need to be concerned about is damage to the crown that sits on top of the implant; it is as vulnerable to damage as a natural tooth. However, it can be replaced.
Now you have the information you need to decide whether to choose dental implants or dentures. Contact Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA for a consultation. Our phone number is 678-624-0370. You can also use the form on our Contact Us page.