Dentures vs. Dental Implants: Which is Right for You?

When thinking about lasting oral health, it is important that you know your options. In this article, we break down what you need to know before choosing between dentures or dental implants. We’ll discuss the difference between the two options, including financial considerations and maintenance requirements for each.

The Difference Between Dentures and Dental Implants

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are custom-crafted dental prosthetics that can replace all your teeth or only a portion. They require an adhesive to stay in place, can be snapped on to implants, or can attached to adjacent teeth (i.e., dental bridge). All options look natural when you talk, eat, and drink. 

Making dentures begins with an impression of your jaw and teeth. A mold will then be created using special equipment and materials. The denture is carved by hand to match the details of your mouth for a perfect fit. Sometimes, adjustments are needed to ensure the denture conforms to the shape of your jaw and gums over time.

What Are Dental Implants?

Unlike dentures, dental implants are meant to permanently replace your teeth. After your jaw and gums are healthy enough for an implant, a metal connector is implanted to prepare for the implant to be secured atop it. Because some individuals only need one or two implants as opposed to an entire mouthful, implants are a great option if you also have healthy natural teeth. Implants are available with various coatings and in different finishes to seamlessly match your existing teeth.

Price and Maintenance: Dentures vs. Dental Implants

One of the top concerns we hear from patients is the cost of prosthetic teeth or dental implants. Typically, dentures are a more affordable option overall; however, dentures are meant to be removed and may require multiple adjustments. Their additional maintenance may not be worth the lower price tag for some. Also, in most cases, Dental Implants last a lifetime, when properly care for with daily brushing and regular dental appointments. You will need to be meticulous about cleaning and maintenance with both options. It is recommended that you floss and brush your teeth twice per day. If you have dentures, you will need to keep them clean and stored safely when not in use. Depending on the materials used to create your dentures or implants, your dentist may have additional maintenance instructions to enhance the life of your dental replacement.

Let Belleair Smiles Help You Choose

At Belleair Smiles, we are here to help you with any questions you may have as you decide between dentures and dental implants. Reach out to us to make an appointment and begin your journey to a new smile today!