It feels like a big leap to have a serious dental procedure like a dental implant, for people on the fence about the process, are dentures better than dental implants?
Definitely not! Dental implants imitate natural teeth in form and function. They also help preserve existing bone and prevent facial sagging, promoting a more youthful appearance. Implants are also a strong, stable, comfortable, long-term solution that promotes better overall dental health.
On the other hand, dentures—aka false teeth—are made of acrylic and in no way resemble natural teeth. People who wear dentures often struggle to chew and are disillusioned by the final result, both in terms of appearance and function.
Moreover, dentures don’t prevent jawbone deterioration, which can lead to a sagging face. Dentures also need to be removed regularly for cleaning, and can crack or break or need to be relined or replaced as the jawbone shrinks.
In the distant past, false teeth were the only option for people who experienced tooth loss. Today they are almost never the best option—or even a good option.
On the other hand, dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Implants also help preserve your dental health.
My advice is that you make an appointment with an implant dentist, who can examine your teeth and mouth, evaluate your overall health, and then recommend specific solutions.
Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic problem; they can also affect your dental health. That’s why dental implants—or other implant-supported solutions—are almost always better than alternative solutions.
A bigger question is whether you are a good candidate for implants?
Most people are, but you’ll need a dental exam to find out for sure. And even if you don’t present as a good candidate, a bone grafting procedure or other treatment may soon get you to a place where you can get implants.