Did you know that an estimated 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth? Although tooth loss affects every area of your life, the good news is that you have more choices for restoring your smile than ever before. And, while everyone wants the best option for replacing their teeth, what’s right for one person may not be right for another. So how do you decide between dentures and dental implants in Gramercy Park? Keep reading for a comparison of the pros and cons of each choice to help you make the best decision!
What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Dentures?
Treatment Time and Maintenance
From start to finish, dentures typically require 4 visits spread out over 1-2 months to be made. After any necessary extractions have been done, no additional surgery is required.
With this option, bone loss in the jaws does occur over time, causing them to “shrink” and change shape. This is why dentures need periodic adjustments and relines to continue fitting well. The entire denture will need to be replaced every 5-10 years.
Dentures are a great option for patients who need a lower initial cost. However, it’s important to remember that the long-term cost is higher because of the need for adjustments and replacements.
Modern dentures fit better than ever, but still become loose and start to shift over time due to changes in the bone.
Dentures work particularly well for the upper arch and, for patients who have recently lost their teeth, they’re great to use while healing.
However, dentures take some time to adjust to because they don’t quite function like natural teeth. Also, some foods are difficult or impossible to eat with dentures, such as corn on the cob or apples.
What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Implants?
Treatment Time and Maintenance
An in-office implant surgery takes about 1-2 hours per implant. Then it will take between 3-6 months to integrate, or fuse, with the surrounding bone. During this time you’ll still be able to eat, drink and function normally. Finally, they’ll be restored with either a dental crown, bridge or denture.
Implants are easy to maintain and can last decades or even a lifetime with basic care and maintenance.
Implants have a higher upfront cost, but since they last so much longer (and are potentially permanent), they’re a much better long-term investment.
Dental implants provide the strongest, most natural result, and look and feel more like your own teeth than any other option. And, since they stimulate and maintain your jawbone after tooth loss, the appearance and structure of your face won’t change over time.
They can also be used for a wide variety of situations. For example, several missing teeth can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge, or an implant-retained denture can replace an entire upper or lower arch.
Everyone has specific needs and goals, so the best way to know which option is best for you is to schedule a consultation. Once you have a treatment plan that takes your individual situation into account, you’ll be one step closer to restoring your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Ira Newman is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Gramercy Park and also a native of New York. As a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he provides outstanding implant dentistry – from the initial surgical placement to the final restoration. If you have any other questions about dentures or dental implants in Gramercy Park, you can contact him via his website.