The decision whether to get dentures or dental implants can have a profound effect on your life. According to a Government study, more than one out of four Australians aged 45 or older had no natural teeth as of 2010. However, 63.6% of people 45 and older wore at least partial dentures. The study did not cover implants.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
Dentures are traditional “false teeth.” They are not as good as real teeth, but they are the best solution for many. If you need total teeth replacement and can’t afford implants, dentures are an economical solution that will allow you to eat and function in public. If your gums or jaw are weak or unhealthy, dentures may be your only solution.
However, dentures can present problems. They usually need to be secured by denture adhesive. If they aren’t, they can slip out of place while you are trying to eat or speak. This can be painful and/or embarrassing. If they are combined with natural teeth and not fitted properly, they can cause tooth decay or infection in the surrounding teeth.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great solution for people who have healthy gums and a healthy jawbone but need to replace a few teeth without undermining the structural integrity of the jawbone or the positioning of other teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone in the shape of a tooth root. They are made of titanium and fuse to the jawbone like real teeth. They can last up to 20 years. Two or more implants can be used to support several replacement teeth.
Some Australians receive full implant replacements, but they can be cost prohibitive. Cost is the main reason why many choose dentures over implants. As we mentioned above, some people’s jawbones and gums aren’t healthy enough to support dental implants. This leaves dentures as their only option.
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