The Case of the Missing Tooth: Part II – Dentures vs. Implants
missing teeth, dental implants, dentures
One of the most frustrating things about being a human being is making decisions. Sometimes, even the simplest of decisions can be extremely overwhelming. This is especially true when having to make a choice when it comes to how to replace missing teeth. Every patient wants to make the “right decision,” but they don’t have all of the facts needed to make an informed decision.
That is why we’re on the case! We will get the evidence to you in a thorough and unbiased manner. Our goal: helping you to finally solve the case of the missing tooth.
Dentures: What Patients Should Know About This Option
For many people, dentures can be a great option to replace missing teeth. However, that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. Let’s consider some of the pros and cons of dentures.
- The Light Side of Dentures: Dentures – whether partial or complete – are ultimately the most cost-effective option. And, this is why most patients go this route when determining how to treat their missing teeth. Insurance companies are more likely to cover dentures because of the cheaper cost, and will often partially cover replacement costs every five years or so. Dentures can be comfortable, and with a skilled dental technician they can be made to look like beautiful, natural teeth.
- The Dark Side of Dentures: Really, the “dark side” of dentures is nothing evil, simply things that aren’t ideal. These include:
- Because there are no teeth supporting the bone, the bone will shrink over time, contributing to ill-fitting denture issues.
- Ill-fitting dentures aren’t just annoying, they can cause pain or discomfort to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Implants: A Viable Option for Tooth Replacement
More and more insurance companies are starting to cover implants and dentures with an implant foundation. Implants and implant dentures are extremely comfortable, look and feel like real teeth, and there is little if any bone loss. The down-side of implants is the cost and the time it takes to go through the implant surgery, healing time, and restoration process.
Dentures vs. Implants: Getting Some Much Needed Professional Input
We totally understand how overwhelming and even frustrating it can be to make a major dental decision. There are so many things to consider: the cost, the time, the short-term perks, and the long-term benefits. That’s why we invite patients to contact us to discuss the pros and cons of dentures and implants. No matter how many missing teeth they have, we can help them find the option that is best for their specific needs. With our help, the case of the missing tooth will finally be solved!
If you have missing teeth in the Solon or Cleveland area, you’re probably wondering what route you should take to fill in the space. We encourage you to contact us today to find out even more about dentures and implants, and find out which option is best for you.