Only a handful of people have managed to keep all of their permanent teeth healthy. Most have already lost some and started experiencing the effects of having an incomplete set of teeth as they age. Fortunately, there are a few teeth replacement options you can try. Despite the popularity of dental implants, the much older option—dentures—is still widely received across the United States. In fact, top dentists still recommend them in various situations. If you are opting for new dentures this year, here are some guide questions you can ask your dentist before going under the knife.

 How do removable dentures differ from implants?

Going under the knife isn’t actually a suitable phrase to describe what takes place during the installation of removable dentures, because no surgery is involved in the procedure. Dental implant installation, on the other hand, requires surgery because an implant has to be inserted into the bone structure. Installing removable dentures involves no more than making impressions and models, casting the dentures, and adjustments. No incisions and sutures are needed. 

 What’s the difference between a partial denture and a complete denture?

The terms “partial” and “complete” refer to the number of teeth to be replaced, not the quality of the procedure like some people may think. Partial dentures are for people who still have quite a lot of remaining healthy teeth and just need to replace a few, while complete or full dentures, as the name suggests, are for those who need all of their teeth replaced, usually people approaching retirement. Because partial dentures are smaller, consisting of fewer teeth, and apparently easier to create, they are usually cheaper than full dentures.

How long do dentures last?

The longevity of your dentures depends on a range of factors, including how successfully they were installed, what materials they are made of, and how you take care of them. Generally, though, removable dentures last for about 7 to 8 years and have to be replaced immediately to reinstate the support the oral cavity needs to avoid deforming. With proper care, however, and if it was installed by a reputable dentist, they can last even longer.

Will it improve my speech as well?

One of the worst effects of losing teeth is losing the ability to pronounce certain words properly. That’s mainly because the tongue has lost the support it needs to create the sound required to pronounce those words. By restoring that support, there’s also a chance to restore speech. Even though removable dentures are impermanent, they still provide sufficient backing for speech correction.

 Should I go for implants instead?

Dental implants are indeed a much better option if you are looking for permanence. But unlike removable dentures, dental implants are not for everyone. If you don’t have enough bone structure in your mouth to hold the implants, chances are the procedure may not work for you. Therefore, it depends on whether you dentist finds you suitable for the procedure or not. If you qualify for it, your dentist won’t hesitate to recommend them.