If you are missing all or most of your teeth, then you have likely started to explore tooth replacement options. Chances are, your health or dental insurance company will offer to cover the cost of dentures, but if you were to opt for dental implants, you would be responsible for all or part of the cost. So should you spring for the implants? Are they worth the extra cost? In most cases, the answer is yes—and here's why.
Dental implants don't slip and rub
Dentures have a tendency to slip when you're chewing certain things. They may rub your gums and cheeks as they start sliding. Often, a pair of dentures will start off fitting well, but over time, they will loosen and cause more of these problems. Dental implants, on the other hand, are firmly anchored into your jaw bone. They don't move at all when you chew, they stay in place just like natural teeth. Over time, this is a lot more comfortable and will cause a lot fewer issues. You can eat basically whatever you want without worry.
Dental implants look like natural teeth
Even the best dentures still look like dentures. If someone is close to you, they will be able to tell you don't have natural teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, look identical to real teeth. Nobody will ever know or suspect you don't have your natural teeth once you are healed. You won't have to worry about looking unlike yourself in photos, about people asking about your dentures, or about feeling self-conscious about your smile.
Dental implants last forever
A pair of dentures only lasts so long. After a few years, they will need to be repaired or replaced. Your insurance may or may not cover this, but either way, it is a hassle. Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent. Once you've healed from the surgery, your implants will last forever.
Dental implants don't have to come out every night
Dentures have to be taken out and cleaned or soaked each night. This only takes a few minutes, but that time adds up. Plus, if someone sees you without your teeth after you've taken them out at night, then things can get awkward. Dental implants don't need to be taken out. If someone knocks on your door unexpectedly at 10 pm, they will see you as you normally appear.
Dental implants often cost more than dentures, but they are simply a better option. Talk to your dentist to learn more.