Dental Implants or Dentures: How to Choose The Right Replacement for You

Dentures have been around for centuries, and technology has advanced considerably. But traditional dentures come with several drawbacks like when dentures cause friction and calluses in the gum. People are now turning towards a more permanent solution called dental implant surgery.

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that rebuilds teeth roots using metal and substitutes damaged teeth with imitation ones that look and look and function like real teeth. Dental implant surgery is a lengthy process, sometimes taking months to complete. Despite the obvious benefits, not everyone will want implants and some are not suitable candidates.

So, how do you choose the right one for you?

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons.

Why You Should Choose Traditional Dentures

Dentures are less expensive.

Dentures can bring back your smile and self-confidence at a price point that is more affordable than dental implants. Complete dentures cost as much as $750, while partial dentures can go up to $400. On the other hand, full-mouth implants could cost up to $40,000 and cheaper options like the All-on-4 implant technique will still cost $15,000 per arch.

The procedure is non-invasive.

On your first visit to get a set of dentures, your dentist will take measurements and impressions of your mouth. On the second visit, you will get fitted and your dentures could be ready for you to take home. Dental implants, on the other hand, take a longer time to complete. Metal implants are first drilled into the bone and it could take 3 to 6 months for the jawbone and gums to fully heal. There will also be some bruising and swelling. Some people will not be ready to commit to the lengthy procedure.

You have experienced gum and bone loss.

Dentures can be customized for optimal fit in the mouth. Your dentist can recommend a denture fixative or adhesive so you can smile, talk and eat without any issue. Dental implants, on the other hand, need to be drilled into the bone. If you have experienced gum and bone loss, dental implants are a viable option.

Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

Dental implants can last a lifetime.

Implants are drilled deep into the bone, and over time, the implant fuses to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This is why dental implants last so much longer than other types of replacement teeth. If you look after your implants, they will last a lifetime.

Dental implants can improve oral hygiene.

You take care of dental almost in the same way you take care of natural teeth – by using a soft-nylon brush, avoiding hard and sticky food and visiting your dentist regularly. Dentures, on the other hand, require greater daily maintenance. You’ll need to remove them to clean them properly. You can’t wear them when you sleep, and they should be soaked in water or a special cleaning solution. If you want replacement teeth that you can easily maintain, then dental implants  are the way to go.

Dental implants can improve your speech.

While most people choose dental implants to improve for chewing ability or for for aesthetic reasons, others want implants to improve the way they speak. Implants are placed in the jawbone, making them a sturdier foundation for your replacement teeth. Dentures can slip and slide in your mouth, making it difficult to enunciate your words clearly. If you want to be able to speak without worrying about your teeth, then dental implants are the way to go.

Choosing the Right Replacement Teeth for You

There are many factors to consider when choosing between dental implants and dentures. Cost, invasiveness, longevity, and ease of maintenance are all important factors. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what is best for you.

Find out whether dental implants are right for you. Contact us today at 904-999-9000 for a consultation.

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