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Dentures or Dental Implants – Understanding the Differences

July 15, 2015
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Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

Tooth decay, gum disease, accidents, and dental fractures are the enemy of your teeth, and unfortunately, nearly 70% of adults between 35-44 years of age already have a minimum of one missing tooth due to these problems. As you age, you’re even more likely to deal with missing teeth. The good news – you don’t have to go through life dealing with missing teeth and the potential complications this can cause. Several dental options are available, and the most common options are dentures or dental implants. Here’s a helpful look at the differences between the two options, which should help you decide which treatment is best for your needs.

Dentures or dental implants?

What are Dentures?

Complete dentures are full sets of artificial teeth that can be made out of a variety of materials. Partial dentures are replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base, which may be connected using a metal framework to hold it in place. Dentures are usually made in just a few weeks.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants include an artificial tooth that is placed on a metal root fixed into the jawbone. First, a socket is created in the jawbone for the metal root, and then the tooth is fixed into the socket. The process of placing dental implants can take several months.

The Differences Between Dentures and Implants

Dentures and dental implants differ in use, comfort, cost, and maintenance. Consider these differences as you make your decision.

Use:
– Dentures are often used when multiple teeth have been lost due to age, disease, accidents, or decay. Implants are used to replace one or more damaged or missing teeth. However, implants may not be recommended for smokers and diabetics, and you will need to have a strong jawbone to support dental implants.

Comfort:
– Since implants have a firm root in your jawbone, they’re very comfortable and stable. Most people have no problems speaking or chewing, and they don’t require any special care. On the other hand, dentures may move a bit when you chew or speak, particularly the lower denture. It may take some time to get used to dentures.

Cost:
– When it comes to cost, dentures have the advantage. They are significantly cheaper than dental implants. A full set of dentures, depending on the quality, varies between $600 and $8000 for a complete set, although this price may not include the cost of tooth extraction. However, just a single implant may cost $2,000 to $10,000, depending on whether additional procedures are required.

Maintenance:
– Dentures require some maintenance. You’ll need to visit your dentist regularly since dentures need re-basing, re-aligning, and in some cases, a complete redesign as your gum and jawbone structure changes with age. Dental implants require no special maintenance, and in many cases, they’ll last a lifetime.

Making Your Decision

Both dentures and dental implants have pros and cons, which you’ll need to weigh carefully before you choose an option to address tooth loss. It’s also important to discuss these options with your dentist. Your dentist can help you decide on the option that is best for your oral needs and your budget.nvisalign clear braces. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation.

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