The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recently supplied statistics that show that almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fracture. However, you do not have to live with missing teeth. You can choose to have missing teeth replaced with either dentures or dental implants.
In order to decide whether it is better for you to get dental implants or dentures, there are a number of things that you will need to take into consideration. First and foremost, your gums and jaw must be healthy enough to withstand the surgical procedures that go along with getting implants. Then, if your dentist had said that you are a good candidate for implants, then you need to ask about financing because they can be costly and many dental insurance plans do not cover them because they are considered a cosmetic dentistry procedure and not a necessity. You will need to consult with both your insurance company and your dentist.
Regardless of whether or not it is covered, the cost of dental implants depends on a number of things. These include where you live, your dental health, the type of implant being used, what diagnostic tests are required as you may need both x-rays and CT scans, and whether or not you need additional procedures including a bone graft or sinus lift. It is also contingent upon the number of teeth you are having replaced and if they can use one crown to replace them or if you need more than that.
If your mouth is healthy enough for implants and you are able to afford them, then they are the better option over dentures because they look and feel more like real teeth than dentures. In addition, with proper care, they can last up to 20 years. Additionally, the care for implants is much less intense than that of dentures. When you have dentures, you have to rinse them after every meal and soak them overnight. In addition, you also need to brush them, as well as any remaining teeth in your mouth. Moreover, dentures tend to slip or can click while you are eating or speaking. Implants, on the other hand, are brushed like the rest of the teeth in your mouth and cannot move because they are held in place by tiny titanium screws that are connected to your jawbone.
In addition to having a mouth and jaw that are healthy enough for teeth implants, you also need to take into consideration that the process of getting dental implants takes longer than getting dentures. Moreover, if you grind your teeth at night, then implants may not be the best choice for you and dentures deserve another look. It is best to discuss your options with your dentist in order to be able to make an informed decision about what is best for you.