If you have lost teeth that need replacing, you will have a couple of different options to choose from. Most popularly, people looking for replacement teeth will typically choose between dental implants or dentures. These are both great options but have some substantial differences to consider when choosing the right option for you.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for lost teeth, which is why it’s important to consider your unique needs, preference and lifestyle when choosing between these two solutions. As an experienced denturist in Winnipeg, we offer both of these options and can help you weigh your options.
We know it can be overwhelming when faced with an important decision that directly impacts your face and smile. We have broken down some of the essential differences between dental implants and dentures to help you choose the right one for you.
Dentures VS Implants
Dentures and dental implants serve similar functions in different ways. While both are solutions to missing teeth, one is more permanent than the other. Dentures replace missing teeth and can be either permanent or removable. Dental implants, on the other hand, are applied surgically to bone structure to act as a more permanent, durable replacement.
While dentures are an appliance, implants bond to your teeth over time and act as a permanent replacement that mimics natural teeth. They are designed to replace the function of teeth. Ultimately, dental implants act more like natural teeth than dentures that act as more of a visual replacement that a functional one.
At Koster Denture Clinic, we specialize in both dentures and dental implants in Manitoba and will work with you to determine the solution that will best suit your needs.
Choosing between dental implants and dentures is the first part of the decision-making process since there are also different types of implants and dentures.
Types of Implants
There are mainly two different types of implants that you will need to choose between.
Endosteal Implants: These dental implants are surgically attached to your jawbone and require a second surgery to connect a post to the implant and attach the artificial tooth.
Subperiosteal Implants: These dental implants are made of a metal frame that is attached below the gum tissue onto the jawbone so that the frame can bond to the jawbone as the gums heal.
Types of Dentures
There are a wide variety of different denture types to choose from based on your needs. That said, the different main types of dentures available to you will be:
Fixed Bridge (AKA Fixed Partial Denture): These dentures are smaller dentures that are held in place by (or fixed between) two teeth on either side. These are not removable since they are placed between by healthy teeth.
Partial Denture (AKA Removable Partial Denture): A partial denture is a denture that replaces one or more teeth and is attached to neighbouring healthy teeth. These dentures can be removed.
Complete Dentures: As its name suggests, complete dentures replace a full mouth of teeth.