Even though nearly half of adult Americans are missing one or more teeth, many people still consider it an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation. Those who can replace their missing teeth with dentures or dental implants claim they feel happier and more confident in themselves. Which option is right for you?
How much care are you willing to put into your new teeth? Implants are often the easiest to take care of. They are permanently fixed in your mouth and can be cleaned using the same products you would use on your natural teeth. Simply brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. On the other hand, dentures need to be removed for cleaning and require special products because they are too fragile for traditional toothpastes.
Many people feel that dental implants are a better option when it comes to a natural look, but the better look also comes with a higher price. Implants are often much more expensive than dentures, and even though this can pay for itself over time because they are also longer lasting, it is important to note that some insurance companies consider implants a cosmetic procedure. They are more willing to cover dentures, which do not last as long, but are also much more affordable.
Not everybody is suited for implants. People who have had serious tooth decay or gum recession that led to the deterioration of the jawbone may not be able to get implants because they will not have enough healthy bone for the implants to take hold and heal properly. In this case, the dentist will usually recommend dentures instead.
When it comes to dental implants vs. dentures, both are viable options that will look natural and return function and beauty to your mouth. Determining which one is better for you depends on your specific circumstances.
At Jenkintown Dental Medicine we practice a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from porcelain veneers to dental implants, crowns and bridges. Drs. West and Wilk can now correct a wide variety of so-called permanent cosmetic dental problems, and can literally redesign your smile. We offer free consultations, personalized attention, and customized solutions for your dental needs.
With a combined total of 30 years of experience, Dr. West, and Dr. Wilk will create a dental implant solution that will cosmetically correct your issue. Jenkintown Dental Medicine has already implemented dental solutions for your neighbors in nearby communities like Horsham and Abington. Call your dentist at Jenkintown Dental today at 215-885-6565.