When it comes to restoring your smile and replacing your missing teeth, you have two popular options to choose from: dentures vs. dental implants. How do you know which option is right for you? Is one better, more comfortable, or more successful than the other?
We know your smile is a priceless investment in your future, your happiness, and your self-esteem, which is why it’s important to carefully consider your options before moving forward with treatment. Here are some pros, cons, and costs associated with both procedures.
Dentures are custom-fit, prosthetic teeth and gums that replace all or some of your missing teeth. There are partial dentures, which replace just a few missing teeth, or full dentures, which replace all missing teeth. There are also conventional dentures, which use suction or a denture adhesive to stay in place, or implant overdentures, which snap onto implants.
Pros of Dentures
- The procedure is quick. For conventional dentures, it only takes several visits to nail down the best fit. (Implant-supported dentures are a more invasive procedure and require a longer healing time.)
- They can easily replace many missing teeth.
- Because dentures can be removed, they’re easier to clean.
- They help prevent bone loss, giving your jaw and face a natural lift and improving your facial appearance.
- Conventional dentures are recommended for patients who may have weak bone strength because they do not require surgery.
- They’re a more affordable option compared to implants or a dental bridge.
- Denture technology has improved over the years! We can create custom-fit dentures that match the shape, size, and color of your smile right in our office.
Cons of Dentures
- Sometimes there is a learning curve when relearning to speak or eat.
- You may experience sore spots, irritation, or discomfort when “breaking in” your new pair of dentures.
- Dentures won’t last the rest of your life: you may have to get them replaced every five to 10 years as they start to wear down or grow loose.
- They may move around, especially if your gums shrink.
- Sometimes food can trap beneath your dentures, while some foods may be harder to eat.
The Cost of Dentures
Here at DICE Dental, whether you have dental insurance or not, the price of our dentures is kept low. Both immediate and conventional dentures start at $499. Implant overdentures on the upper arch start at only $4,500 and implant overdentures on the lower arch start at only $2,750.
A dental implant is a medical-grade, titanium screw that replaces the root of your missing tooth. An abutment and porcelain crown are then placed over the screw. This gives you improved chewing and smiling capability. Through osseointegration, the implant fuses to the jawbone.
Pros of Dental Implants
- They don’t move when chewing or speaking and feel like your natural teeth.
- They fill in gaps in your smile.
- Daily care is simple: you brush and floss them like you would your regular teeth.
- They prevent further tooth loss or jawbone deterioration.
- The titanium screw gives them lasting durability, which allows you to eat some of your favorite foods.
Cons of Dental Implants
- The treatment could take as long as six months (or more) from start to finish.
- There is the chance of implant failure or infection following the procedure, especially if the patient is a smoker or has diabetes. (There are additional procedures we can perform, like bone grafts, membranes, or sinus lifts to help improve the success rate.)
The Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are typically a little more costly than dentures. However, we believe quality dental care should be accessible to everyone who needs it. That’s why our dental implants start at $750. This low price is extended to all of our patients.
Which Treatment Option is Right for Me?
The choice between these two treatment options ultimately comes down to your oral health, your budget, and your comfort level. Is your jawbone strong and healthy? How many teeth do you need to replace? Do surgeries make you anxious?
When it comes to dentures vs. dental implants, we know the decision isn’t easy. But that’s why we’re here! Our goal is to help you find the perfect solution for your smile, your health, and your peace of mind! During a consultation, we’ll work with you to put together a treatment plan that will leave you smiling.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more!