Dentures Vs. Implants – What’s The Difference?
If you have lost one, several, or all of your teeth in Robinson Township, you may be exploring your options for restoring your smile, including dentures and dental implants. But what’s the difference between these treatments, and which one may be better for you? Find out now!
1. Both Dentures & Implants Can Be Used To Restore All Of Your Teeth
Partial dentures contain several false teeth in a plastic and metal framework, and clip to your healthy teeth to replace multiple missing teeth. Full dentures fit directly over your gums, and are used to restore a full arch of upper or lower teeth.
Dental implants can be used in a similar way. One implant can support a dental crown to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple implants can be used to support a fixed bridge that replaces multiple teeth, or a removable set of implant-supported dentures that replaces all of the upper or lower teeth.
2. Implants Strengthen Your Jaw Bone, Unlike Dentures
One big difference between implants and dentures is that implants are placed directly into your jaw and gum tissue. This stops your bone and gum tissue from weakening and shrinking over time, since the implants stimulate the tissue just like natural teeth would.
In contrast, dentures don’t have this benefit. If you get dentures, your jaw bone may continue to deteriorate or shrink after tooth loss, potentially changing your facial appearance over time.
3. Dentures Are Cheaper & Faster Than Dental Implants
Dentures are usually a lot cheaper than dental implants, and are fully covered by dental insurance for most patients. This means they may be a better option if you’re on a tight budget.
It also does not take as long to fit you for a set of dentures. Usually, you can get a partial or full denture in 2-3 appointments over a period of about 1 month at Robinson Township Smiles. In contrast, it may take up to 3-6 months or longer to get dental implants.
4. Dental Implants Last Much Longer Than Dentures
Despite being more expensive than dentures, dental implants are actually a better long-term investment because they usually last at least 30 years with good oral care. In fact, most patients are able to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
In contrast, dentures may need to be replaced every 5-10 years. If you’re willing to make a long-term investment in your oral health, dental implants are a superior choice.
5. Dentures Can Move & Shift, But Implants Don’t
Partial and full dentures may shift and move occasionally when you eat, speak, or chew. This can make it hard to speak clearly, or interfere with eating your favorite foods.
But with implants, your teeth are anchored directly to your jaw bone, and will never move or shift, ensuring you can chew and speak with confidence.
Contact Robinson Township Smiles To Explore Your Restorative Dentistry Options
Depending on your oral health, your budget, and your preferences, dental implants and dentures can both be good options for restoring your missing teeth. To learn more and explore these options in more detail, contact Robinson Township Smiles online or call us at (412) 859-3833 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryan Rupert.