Should you choose dentures or dental implants? Below is a quick checklist to help you decide which is a better option for your missing teeth.
Check all that apply:
[ ] I want the most natural-looking replacement for my missing teeth.
[ ] I want a tooth replacement that will help me maintain the bone in my jaw.
[ ] I want a tooth replacement that offers long term value for the money.
[ ] I don't want to worry about my replacement teeth slipping or clicking when I laugh, talk or eat.
[ ] I don't want to worry about food lodging between my gums and under my replacement teeth.
[ ] I don't want to have to take my replacement teeth out of my mouth each night to clean and soak them.
[ ] I want a tooth replacement option that lasts for years and years.
[ ] I want my tooth replacement option to give me confidence they won't move when I kiss someone.
If you chose even one item above, dental implants may be the better option for you. Dental implants, unlike dentures, can provide all of the characteristics listed above, making for a tooth replacement option that will leave you smiling.
If you do choose dental implants, it is important that you choose a dental implant expert, as implants are sophisticated, customized dental devices. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) offers a searchable directory of credentialed implant dentists. Each of the implant experts found in the directory has met specific educational, training, and competency requirements, giving you assurance that you will receive expert dental implant services.