It can be difficult to know whether to choose partial dentures or dental implants when something goes wrong with your teeth. Each serves a purpose, and each one has merits and weaknesses. Making the right decision often comes down to budget and the extent of damage.
The closest available solution to a naturally grown tooth is a dental implant. A dental implant anchors into your jaw, ensuring that the metal post used in the procedure will graft with the bone. This procedure has gotten significantly more affordable because advances in technology have provided cheaper and safer methods of installation. Most people will find that dental implants are well within their budget.
Partial dentures are a different option for cosmetic fixes. A partial denture is a removable set of teeth that look natural. They use metal and acrylic, so they are strong enough to handle chewing and look natural while speaking.
Partial dentures are a way to ensure that your bite pressure remains evenly distributed. When you are missing teeth, your other teeth will have to work harder and it shifts your muscles and teeth to accommodate. They are also a great cosmetic solution.
Dental implants are grafted to your jawbone, acting like roots for the cosmetically designed tooth replacement, whereas partial dentures are secured to the tooth and do not reach as deeply.
Dental implants are affixed to your jaw and less likely to slip than partial dentures, and they also don’t damage your natural teeth by relying on them for stability. However, they can only be installed on a per tooth basis, rather than replacing several teeth at once, and they require a more invasive procedure.