Implants vs. Dentures
The fact is, dealing with tooth loss or damaged teeth is not easy. Having one or more missing teeth can take away your beautiful smile, your ability to chew properly, or even your ability to talk freely as you used to. Moreover, it can affect your confidence in social circumstances, which can lead to further stress. Fortunately, you do not have to endure the shame or discomfort of having missing teeth any longer.
The good news is that modern advancements in dental technology have reached a point where you can essentially get a new set of teeth within a year – all without having to go through multiple channels. Dental restoration options these days include bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Implant dentistry restorations can help improve both the appearance and the function of your smile, allowing you to share it with the world with confidence once more.
Benefits of Dental Implants and Dentures
When it comes to deciding upon the best type of dental restoration for your needs, you have many options from which you can choose. However, two of the more popular types of restorations include dental implants and dentures. Both have their benefits, as well as their downsides. Dental implants, for instance, are considered a type of “permanent” restoration, as they can last you the rest of your life if you take good care of them.
Dental implants also require surgery to place them in your jaw. The entire procedure can take up to a year or longer to complete, and they can be somewhat costly. Conversely, dentures can sometimes be completed in as little as one day, though they can take longer. Unlike dental implants, dentures are not considered permanent, though a set can last several years if you take good care of them.
Finally, dental implants tend to look and feel just like real teeth. You can brush and floss them like you would a real tooth, and they are not vulnerable to decay. They will not slip or move around inside your mouth either. Dentures, though, need to be removed to be cleaned. They can also break, and it is possible that they can become dislodged when eating or chewing. For many people, this can be quite embarrassing. An additional option combines dental implants and dentures, and is known as All-On-4 Dental Implants.
Cost of Dental Implants vs Dentures
There is a stark difference in price when comparing dental implants to dentures, as well. In many cases, dentures do tend to be much more economical than dental implants. However, the tradeoff of choosing dental implants is the longevity of them, as well as the stability of them. While the upfront cost of dentures is more affordable, you need to consider the cost of having to replace them every few years.
Which Is Right for You?
There are a few considerations that must be addressed before we can determine if you are a good candidate for dentures or dental implants. Your overall oral health, as well as how many teeth you are missing, may determine which restoration may be ideal for you. To learn more about whether dentures or dental implants may be a good fit for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Dr Liu Family Dental by giving us a call at 425-310-5789 today!