Dentures can sometimes float in the mouth, become loose, and cause problems with speaking and chewing. Dentures also have to be removed to be cleaned too so that mouth sores and gum irritations do not develop.
Sometimes, dentures can break and require repair or replacement. In addition, a denture appliance will eventually have to be replaced as one’s mouth changes over the years.
Dental Implants Advantages
Dental implants offer many of the advantages for seniors that dentures do and more. With dental implants, the teeth are individually replaced and attached directly to the jaw bone so that they feel and look like real teeth.
The patient has a better looking smile, more confidence, a greater ability to chew foods, and implants can help prevent issues like TMJ due to the misalignment of teeth in the mouth. Dental implants, once in place, can last the entire lifetime of the senior without requiring replacement.
Dental Implants Disadvantages
The primary disadvantage of dental implants is identified in cost factors. A single dental implant can cost as much as $3000.00 or more, and if you require several implants your procedure can prove very costly.
Dental insurance does not cover dental implants because it is considered cosmetic and elective. Crowns placed over the dental implants need replacement every ten years which means there are significant long term costs involved as well.
Finally, dental implants take a considerable amount of time to complete and the implants are put into one’s mouth in stages.