If you recently lost some teeth, then it's important that you replace them as quickly as possible. There are a number of different ways that you can do this, and some are much better fits than others. To help you figure out how you should handle your situation, here is a comparison of dentures and dental implants:
What are dentures?
Dentures act as a form of removable tooth replacement that can be adjusted to fit as many teeth as necessary. Whether you are missing three teeth or ten, a set of dentures can be used to replace all of them at once.
There are two different types of dentures, which are used to treat different levels of tooth loss. If you are missing all of your teeth, either on your upper or lower jaw, then a full set of dentures can be used. On the other hand, if you are missing anything less than all of your teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, then you will need to get a partial set of dentures.
What do dentures bring to the table?
Dentures are definitely the cheaper option and will cost you less than $1000 for a normal set. If you are on a budget, then dentures are your best bet by a long shot. For the price of a single implant, you could potentially get all of your teeth replaced several times over.
What are implants?
Implants are at the other end of the spectrum, offering an extremely durable and permanent solution for your missing teeth. The installation process for an implant is fairly long, since you will often need to get three separate surgeries to fully install the implant. However, that will likely be the last time that you even think about your missing tooth, since the implant will probably last for the rest of your lifetime.
What do implants bring to the table?
Implants are great in situations where you are only missing one or two teeth in your mouth, since the cost will still be relatively low at that point. The comfort of a replacement that feels natural can easily be worth the several thousand dollar price tag that tends to accompany implants.
Even if you don't think that your jaw is strong enough to bear the burden of an implant that is attached to your jawbone, there is a type of implant that simply rests in your gums, known as subperiosteal implants. Talk to your dentist to find your best option.