Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Tooth loss is common and can occur for several reasons, including gum disease, tooth decay, and injury. Patients have a couple of options for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants and dentures are great options, but you may not know which is right for you. Both implants and dentures replace natural teeth, but one option may be better than the other in some cases. We’re here to help you find the right option for your needs.
The Pros and Cons of Dentures
There are a few advantages to choosing removable dentures over implants:
- Dentures cost much less than implants.
- Cleaning is easy because you can remove dentures.
- Less invasive: Unlike dental implants, surgery is not required for placement.
- Dentures are a quick solution with no healing time.
- They are custom-fitted to provide a snug, comfortable fit.
However, choosing dentures can also have a few disadvantages:
- The remaining natural teeth can shift, and the jawbone may lose density where teeth are missing.
- Some find dentures less comfortable than dental implants as it is possible for them to move or slip, especially if you have been wearing them a long time and they are in need of replacement.
- Dentures require replacement every five to ten years as the gums change shape.
- They require additional products like adhesive and cleaning solutions.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
There are several advantages to choosing dental implants over dentures for replacement teeth.
- Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper care.
- They look and feel like natural 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.
Before fully committing to dental implants, one must be aware of some potential disadvantages.
- Implants require surgery, which means the process takes time, and there is a bit of downtime while you are healing.
- Dental implants are more expensive than dentures.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Cost Comparison
Dentures and dental implants can vary widely in price. However, 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, and the average lifetime dentures cost can be as high as $8,000 or more. Dental implants cost more upfront, with a single implant costing around $3,000. However, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, so the upkeep costs are lower.
For many people, the decision between dentures and dental implants comes down to budget. At Dental Group of Morristown, 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 because they do not provide a replacement for the tooth root. So, the process of getting dentures is less invasive and does not require putting the body under any stress.
Dental implant surgery, like any surgical procedure, requires some downtime after the procedure for healing. In addition, there is some risk of bleeding, swelling, or the implants not being well tolerated by your body. Before placing any implants, our dental surgeons will evaluate thoroughly to ensure that your bone is healthy enough to support implants.
Still debating dentures vs. dental implants? Contact us today!
If you are considering dentures or dental implants, contact us at Dental Group of Morristown. Our dental professionals are highly skilled in placing dentures and implants, and our team will help you find the best solution for you and your budget.