When deciding between dentures and dental implants, there are a number of factors to take into account. From cost to effectiveness, the differences between dental implants and dentures are great. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the reasons to choose dental implants over dentures.
While dentures have a relatively low up front cost, in the long term, dentures may be less cost effective than dental implants. Dental implants have a higher up front cost than dentures, but are long-lasting. Dentures are not as durable as other tooth replacement options, so patients with dentures must purchase new dentures every few years. For long-term cost-effectiveness, dental implants are the better choice.
Dentures are not as natural looking as dental implants. Dental implant prosthetics are hand crafted by a prosthodontist, color-matched to a patient’s natural teeth to ensure a seamless integration into the patient’s smile. Most people find that dentures are more easily noticeable. If aesthetics are a major factor in decision making, dental implants are the way to go.
Dentures do not stimulate the underlying bone structure of the mouth like dental implants do. This can lead to deterioration of the bone, or bone loss, where teeth are missing. This can affect dental health as well as the aesthetics of your smile as bone loss occurs.
Dentures may be more tedious to keep clean for many patients. Dentures must be cleaned outside of the mouth to ensure good hygiene. Rinsing and soaking overnight are required for dentures. Dental implants are brushed and cared for inside the mouth just like natural teeth.
Dentures can feel awkward in the mouth and can affect not only affect the wearer’s ability to eat the foods he or she wants, but can also impact the wearer’s self confidence. Dentures can often slip or click when talking, eating, or laughing. These reasons can be among the top reasons why a patient will ultimately choose dental implants over dentures. Dental implants do not move, they are fixed into the bone and the prosthetic tooth is placed into the implant. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. The improvement in quality of life dental implant patients feel is difficult to overstate; the ability to once again laugh and smile with confidence is often one of the major improvements dental implant patients rave about.
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Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.