Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Dental implants and dentures are great options for teeth replacement. We’re here to help you decide which is right for you.
What are dentures?
Dentures are false teeth that are used to replace a missing tooth. They are typically made of porcelain or acrylic and are supported by the gums. Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth, or there are also complete dentures to replace the entirety of the teeth on the upper and/or lower row. Partial dentures typically consist of a framework attached to the remaining teeth, while full dentures attach to the gums.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The implant serves as a new root system for the tooth, providing support and stability. Once the implant has healed, a removable denture or fixed dental bridge can be attached. Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and they are a popular alternative to traditional dentures.
Periodontal Treatment Options
The steps taken for treating gum disease will depend on the stage of the disease. At Platinum Dental Group, we offer various treatments for periodontal disease, including non-surgical and surgical options. After an oral examination and consultation, we will be able to develop a customized treatment plan for you and your unique needs.
The Pros and Cons of Dentures
There are a few advantages to choosing dentures over implants:
- They typically cost much less than implants.
- Cleaning is easy because you can remove dentures.
- Unlike dental implants, surgery is not required for placement (unless you get implant-supported dentures).
- They are custom-fitted to provide a snug, comfortable fit. Denture adhesive is usually not needed.
However, choosing dentures can also have a few disadvantages:
- They can slip out of place when eating or talking.
- They require more maintenance than implants, and you must soak them in a cleaning solution nightly.
- Dentures often require replacement every five to seven years as the gums change shape.
- Bone loss in the jaw is more likely because the root structure from the tooth is not replaced. Jawbone deterioration can lead to a change in facial structure.
Overall, dentures are a good option for patients who want a tooth replacement that is less expensive and less invasive than dental implants.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
There are several advantages to choosing dental implants over dentures for replacement teeth.
- They are permanent teeth replacements.
- They look and feel like real teeth.
- You know they will stay in place, so this will allow you to eat and speak with confidence.
- Dental implants help preserve the jawbone and facial muscles.
- Dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper care.
Before fully committing to dental implants, it is essential to be aware of some potential disadvantages.
- Implants require surgery.
- Dental implants are more expensive than dentures.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Cost Comparison
Dentures and dental implants can vary widely in price. Dentures are typically more affordable upfront, with a standard set of complete dentures costing around $1,000.
However, dentures need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years. Dental implants cost more upfront, with a single tooth implant costing around $3,000. But dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, so that they could be a more affordable solution in the long run.
For many people, the decision between dentures and dental implants comes down to budget. At Platinum Dental Group, we will discuss all options with you and help you determine the right choice for your dental health.
Are dentures safer than implants?
Dentures do not require oral surgery for placement so getting dentures is usually less invasive and has less recovery associated. You may need to extract some existing teeth to prepare the mouth for denture but in general this is a less complicated procedure than the placement of dental implants.
Dental implant surgery is considered a major surgical procedure, so some risks are involved. Our oral surgeons are highly skilled in identifying who is a good candidate for implant surgery based on your oral health. Though surgery requires recovery time and healing, dental implants are a once and done solution that can deliver lifelong results.
Still debating dentures vs. dental implants? Contact us today!
If you are considering dentures or dental implants, contact us at Platinum Dental Group. Our dental professionals are highly skilled in placing both dentures and implants, and our team will help you find the best solution for you and your budget.