When to Choose Partial Dentures Over Implants

Because of their high success rate, dental implants are fast becoming the option of choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. While implants may be the best choice in many situations, sometimes a partial denture is the better option.

One of the biggest drawbacks for choosing dental implants is the cost. While implants may last longer and look better than partial dentures, sometimes the cost can be overwhelming or out of reach for some patients. Even with payment plans, the cost can be beyond the scope of some budgets.

Most dental insurance policies will not cover dental implants. Since there are cheaper alternatives, like partial dentures and bridges, dental implants are usually not a covered procedure. This means that in order to get implants you will need to pay out-of-pocket. Check with your policy to find out if any part of the implant procedure will be covered by insurance.

Health Reasons to Choose Partial Dentures

There are some health conditions which make getting implants questionable. You would need to have a discussion with your dentist about the feasibility of implants in these situations. While the vast majority of dental implant procedures are successful and the implant lasts a long time, in some situations it could fail.

Patients who do not have healthy gums are not good candidates for dental implants. Periodontitis or advanced gum disease is not conducive for the implant process. Whether or not you would be eligible for dental implants after the gum disease is treated is debatable. Until then, partial dentures would be advisable.

Tobacco use is a problem when it comes to dental implants. People who use tobacco products often have gum issues as well; smoking inhibits the healing process. The highest rate of implant failure is in this group of patients.

People who have uncontrolled chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease would be better suited for partial dentures over dental implants. The healing process for implants takes several months. This could present complications for diabetics and heart patients.

Radiation therapy also can be an issue for those who want to get dental implants. If you have had radiation therapy on your head and/or neck, you need to be evaluated by your dentists before starting the implant procedure.

Talk with Your Dentist

If you have any health conditions or are undergoing treatments for a condition or disease, talk with your dentist. Each situation is unique and, in some cases, a partial denture may be suggested for the short term with the possibility of getting dental implants sometime in the future. Your dentist can advise you on whether or not you will be a viable candidate for dental implants.

Partial dentures have been a standard replacement choice for missing teeth for decades. If dental implants are not an option for you, partial dentures are a suitable alternative. They are considerably better than continuing on with missing teeth.

If you are considering dental implants but feel you may have health or financial conditions that will impact your decision, contact Pearl Shine Dental. Our dentist will help you make the right decision for your unique situation.