Modern dental patients are blessed with more options than ever when it comes to replacing missing teeth. For some people though, this blessing can feel like a curse because it leaves them unsure about which is really right for them. If you’re dealing with indecision about what restorative dental treatment is the best option to reclaim your smile, our Heritage Dental team is happy to help! In this blog post, we break down the differences between two of the most popular treatment options: dental implants vs. dentures.
The biggest advantage to dental implants is how they’re permanently fixed in place. Their design mimics a real tooth, which means they’re secured into your jawbone. That, in turn, means that you don’t have to fuss with taking them in and out, and they’ll feel and function just like your other teeth. And like natural teeth, their only maintenance includes daily brushing and flossing and routine dental visits.
The main drawback of dental implants is their cost. It’s one of the more expensive options, and if you have to replace multiple teeth with single implants the price can add up. Some patients don’t choose implants simply because they want a more affordable option. Other people don’t get dental implants because they don’t qualify for the surgery due to the state of their oral health or their jawbone is not strong enough.
Full and partial dentures have long been a cost-effective way of replacing missing teeth. Getting them is also a simpler, shorter, and less invasive process than dental implants because oral surgery isn’t required to place them. And, as mentioned, they can be quite affordable, especially if you’re someone who needs to replace a whole arch of teeth.
On the other hand, some people can’t get over the feel of dentures. They may not ever get used to having the appliance sitting on their gums, especially when they’re talking or chewing. Going along with that, they may dislike the inconvenience of having to take them out to clean them every day or they may be worried about their dentures slipping out. However, any slippage can be prevented by stabilizing the dentures with dental implants!
If you have more questions about dental implants vs. dentures, reach out to our team for an in-person consultation. At Heritage Dental, we provide both dental implants and dentures, so we’d be happy to give you the answers you need to make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!