When it comes to replacing your missing teeth, you may wonder whether to choose dentures or dental implants. While both look and feel like your natural teeth, there are some differences between the two in terms of cost, requirements, etc.
Knowing all your need to know about dentures and dental implants (from cost to upkeep and durability) can help you make an informed decision.
Dentures are removable tooth replacement options designed to replace all or a few missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Dentures do not require bone support, so you can use them even if you have bone loss.
Implants are small titanium posts that are screwed to the jawbone to create a foundation for the artificial teeth (dentures). You must have healthy gums and adequate jawbone to accommodate and support the implants.
The procedure for dental implants includes:
Dental implants cost slightly more than dentures. The American Dental Association (ADA) reveals that the average cost of an implant may range anywhere between $1,600 to $2,200.
The cost of dentures varies depending on:
Both dentures and dental implants suit people of all ages. As dental implants are a permanent, lifelike tooth replacement option, younger patients or those with healthy gums and jawbones usually opt for implants.
Besides requiring enough bone structure, implants are an invasive and time-consuming procedure, so older adults mostly prefer dentures.
For dental implants, it is enough to practice good oral hygiene as you do for your natural teeth, including:
However, plenty of care and maintenance is required for dentures to help them last longer, including:
Dentures need to be relined every 2-5 years. However, dental implants may require replacement only if the crown is cracked or broken.
Dentures can last for 5-8 years, but with proper care and maintenance, implants can last for 25 years or more.
Dentures are cost-effective and you can remove them at any time for any reason. However, if not fitted properly, they can:
On the other hand, dental implants are a little expensive, but they will stay in place, helping you confidently interact in social gatherings.
While both dentures and implants have advantages and disadvantages, it is good to discuss with your dentist to make the right yet feasible decision.
Whether you need dentures or dental implants, we are ready to customize them to help you achieve optimal oral health with an attractive smile. Our dentist, Dr. Beth Vander Schaaf, has years of experience and expertise in replacing missing teeth with dentures/dental implants, ensuring desired, natural-looking results. Contact us today at Smile Arizona Dentistry to begin your tooth restoration journey.