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Dentures Vs. Implants — Pros and Cons

Dentures Vs. Implants — Pros and Cons

Dentures Vs. Implants — Pros and Cons

Dentures vs. Implants: It’s the match of the century. Well, maybe it isn’t the most exciting competition in the world — but it’s an important decision that could have major ramifications for your oral health.

In any case, these are the top two contenders for most people in terms of tooth replacement. Here’s how they stack up against one another.

Dentures

Dentures are, literally, your grandmas’ teeth replacement option. George Washington wore them. They are tried and true — but then again, so are dental implants. 

Without diving too much into dental history, suffice it to say everyone is better off these days. We are benefiting from high-tech plastics and ceramics for dental prosthetics. You probably wouldn’t be comfortable with the first president’s set.

In any case, dentures have some good points:

  • Easily replaceable, should they be damaged somehow
  • Very economical and relatively effective
  • Several options
  • Custom-fitted
  • No surgery required

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Fastidious, specialized maintenance is required
  • You have a greater overall risk of gum disease
  • They tend to have a characteristic odor
  • The average maximum lifespan is only 10 years or so
  • Slightly uncomfortable for many people
  • There’s often some effect on the clarity of speech
  • You’ll have to avoid certain sticky or chewy foods

By far, the biggest upside for most people is that you can probably pay out-of-pocket for dentures. There is no need to finance. Designers are also making great strides in comfort and appearance. Finally, they might be the best option if you have certain medical conditions.

Implants

Implants are the default first choice these days. If you can afford them — or secure a payment plan, for that matter — they are probably the way to go. They have many good points:

  • They are permanent: They can last an average of 30 years
  • They prevent bone loss by bonding to the jaw
  • They reduce the overall risk of gum disease, compared to the alternatives
  • With bridgework, we can use existing healthy teeth as anchors
  • Individual-tooth, multiple-tooth, or full-row, denture-like replacements are available
  • We can make them to match your existing teeth in shape and color
  • They feel completely natural once they heal — you can eat what you want
  • Options are available for people with bone loss

If that seems like an impressive list to you, you’re not alone in that sentiment. Here are the downsides:

  • You will need surgery, and there will be a few weeks of recovery
  • Implants are many times more expensive than dentures in most cases
  • If you get dental bridges, you will have to floss underneath or use a waterjet flosser

Which One Is Best?

If we had to pick a universal winner, it would be the surprise third contender: preventive dentistry. However, the gold standard for tooth replacement is clearly dental implants.

Whether implants are right for you is another question entirely. Each case is different. Contact us anytime
602-775-5656 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll examine your history, walk you through the options, and give you quotes.

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