Trying to decide between dentures and dental implants? Both treatments can be used to restore one, several, or a whole mouth of missing teeth, depending on your needs. But while they serve the same purpose and will leave you with a functional, beautiful set of teeth, dentures and dental implants differ in a variety of important ways. Read on to learn more from Mint Dental, and see the biggest differences between dentures vs. dental implants.
Comfort & Convenience
Generally speaking, patients find dental implants to be more convenient and comfortable compared to dentures. Usually, your new teeth are fixed in place permanently and can be brushed and flossed similarly to natural teeth. Implants also never move or shift when you speak, eat, or chew.
In contrast, dentures can move quite a bit, and also require special care, such as removing and soaking them overnight. If you want a comfortable, convenient tooth replacement, dental implants are a good choice.
Cost & Affordability
Dentures are a lot less expensive than dental implants since the treatment process is a lot simpler and doesn’t involve oral surgery. Dentures also are usually covered by your dental insurance up to applicable limits, so this makes them even more affordable.
Dental implants are quite pricey and are rarely covered by dental insurance, so they may not be the best choice if you are on a tight budget.
While implants are expensive, they also have an unbeatable treatment lifespan, so they’re a good overall investment in your oral health. They can easily last 30+ years, and most patients will be able to keep their implants for the rest of their lives with proper oral hygiene.
Dentures just can’t compare. Full dentures usually need replacement every 5-10 years, and partial dentures need replacement every 10-15 years. Over time, these costs add up.
Overall Treatment Time
It’s usually possible to fit a set of dentures in less than a month, so you can restore your smile, your bite, and your oral health quickly at Mint Dental. If you want fast results, dentures are a good option.
Dental implants usually require a minimum of 6 months of treatment, since multiple surgeries are involved and your mouth must heal properly before you can complete the treatment process.
Oral Health Benefits
Both dentures and dental implants allow you to eat, chew, smile, and speak normally after tooth loss. They also prevent tooth shifting. This is a common issue where adjacent teeth will shift toward an empty tooth socket after tooth loss. Teeth shifting can ruin your bite alignment and cause other oral health issues.
However, dental implants provide better overall oral health benefits than dentures. Because the implant is permanently attached to your jawbone, it stimulates the bone when you bite and chew. This prevents bone loss.
Because dentures don’t put any pressure on the jaw bone, they do not protect your bone. The bone will weaken and recede over time, which may result in changes in your facial structure and appearance.
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Need Help Choosing The Right Treatment? Come To Mint Dental!
At Mint Dental, Dr. Marwa Forest specializes in restorative dentistry. If you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth and want to explore your options for tooth replacement, we’re here to help. Contact us online to schedule a consultation, explore your options, and get the answers you need to choose between dentures and dental implants.