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Dental Implants Vs. Dentures: What Are The Differences?

Wondering if dental implants or dentures are a better choice for replacing your missing teeth? Both treatments can be good options depending on your situation, but they have quite a few differences that you should be aware of before you commit to treatment.

So in this blog from EaDo Family Dental, we’ll discuss the biggest differences between dental implants vs. dentures, and help you determine which treatment might be right for your situation.

1. Cost

Dentures are usually quite a bit cheaper than dental implants, particularly if you have lost most of your teeth and you need a set of full-mouth dentures. If you are on a tight budget, this may make them a better choice. Dentures are usually also covered by dental insurance.

In contrast, dental implants may not be covered by dental insurance, and have a higher up-front cost. Their long lifespan helps make up for this high initial cost, but it’s still something to consider.

2. Lifespan

Dental implants have a much longer lifespan than dentures. With proper care and maintenance, you can keep your dental implants for the rest of your life. They will easily last 30+ years.

In contrast, full-mouth dentures usually last between 5-7 years. Partial dentures last a bit longer, up to 10 years depending on the type of denture, but still do not last nearly as long as dental implants.

3. Comfort

Dental implants have the edge when it comes to comfort. Because they are implanted directly into your mouth and bond with your natural jaw tissue, they will feel completely natural when you chew, bite, smile, and speak. You will forget you even have “false teeth.”

Dentures, on the other hand, take some getting used to. Full dentures may shift when you chew or speak, and while partial dentures tend to stay in place more effectively, it definitely still takes some adjustment for your mouth to feel “normal.”

4. Convenience

Dental implants are a lot more convenient than dentures. You can treat them just like your natural teeth. All you have to do is maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, and getting checkups at the dentist every six months.

In contrast, dentures have to be removed at night and cleaned separately from your teeth. You have to take a lot more steps to keep them in good condition.

5. Treatment Time

Dentures definitely have the edge here. It usually takes about a month to build a set of dentures, though this may vary depending on your situation.

Dental implants usually require an overall treatment time of 6-7 months, so it takes a lot longer to restore your smile. If you want to restore your teeth right away, dentures may be a suitable option.

Not Sure What’s Right For You? Contact EaDo Family Dental Today!

Choosing between dentures and dental implants isn’t easy. So don’t go it alone. Come to EaDo Family Dental. Dr. Bianca Williams or Dr. John Ma can examine your mouth and discuss your options for tooth replacement. We’ll ensure you choose the right treatment for your unique situation. Contact us online or call today at (713) 474-2334 to get started.

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