Replacing Missing Teeth: Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Replacing Missing Teeth: Dentures vs. Dental Implants

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are another set of teeth that fit over your gums or clipped into place. Dentures can be applied to the upper and lower jaw, and they also have a gum colored acrylic base that matches the color of your natural gums.

Pros

  • Dentures are more affordable than implants. They usually range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the quality.
  • Having dentures installed is a relatively quick and easy process. Surgery is not needed.
  • Most dental insurance plans cover dentures
  • Dentures provide a more defined bone structure by supporting the cheeks and the jawline.

Cons

  • Due to gradual bone loss of teeth, dentures need to be replaced more often than implants.
  • Because of food accumulation dentures need to be removed and cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis
  • It is possible for dentures to slip out during conversation, meals or physical activity.
  • People who have dentures need to stick to a diet that is more accommodating for the condition of their teeth. This can lead to less satisfying diet overall.

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth that can be made from titanium, porcelain or many other alloys. The implant is placed in the bone socket, and the graft acts as the support for the artificial tooth.

Pros

  • Dental implants provide bone stimulation.
  • There are no dietary restrictions caused by dental implants.
  • Dental implants are permanent, and they have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care
  • Dental implants can restore a natural look to your smile.

Cons

  • Dental implants cost a couple thousand more than dentures, individually.
  • Surgery is involved with the installation of dental implants, and it can cause some discomfort.
  • Since they are considered to be a cosmetic procedure, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance plans.
  • Discomfort from surgery can last several months in some cases.

Be sure to visit your dentist to weigh the options of dental implants vs. dentures. For more information about each procedure contact us by phone or online to set up an appointment today.

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