If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth or have been told you need various procedures, you’re probably busy weighing the pros and cons of dentures and dental implants.
In this blog, we’ll look at the following:
- Why choose dental implants over dentures?
- Costs of dentures vs. implants
- Maintenance of dentures vs. implants
- What lasts longer dentures or implants?
- Which is less painful, dentures or implants?
- Are permanent dentures cheaper than implants?
Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are fitted to a mouthpiece affixed to the gums with denture adhesive to replace missing teeth. They can take some time to get used to, and your dentist may recommend soft foods and practicing speaking for the first several weeks.
Sometimes, even in those who have worn false teeth for a long time, dentures shift during eating and speaking, causing discomfort. They can also cause tooth decay that leads to gum disease in surrounding teeth in the case of partial dentures that are not correctly fitted. For most people, dentures are not the best option for these reasons; however, those with a weak upper or lower jaw or unhealthy gum tissue might find dentures to be a promising option.
Dental implants are the alternative to dentures and appear like natural teeth that your dentist will surgically install into your jaw. With proper home maintenance and regular visits to the dentist, your implant can last for decades. Unlike partial or complete dentures, usually used to replace several teeth, you can get only one or two implants, making them a popular choice. They don’t require adhesive but can only be used with healthy jaws and gums. Dentists generally prefer implants because they provide a more comfortable, natural option for patients who need artificial tooth replacement — they also won’t damage surrounding teeth or gums.
|Appear as natural teeth||Partial and complete denture options|
|Option to get only one or two implants||Used to replace several teeth|
|Only useable on healthy jaws and gums||Suitable for weak or unhealthy gum tissue|
|More comfortable||Feel less natural|
|More expensive||Less expensive|
|Stay in mouth permanently||Must be removed at night|
Costs Of Dentures vs. Implants
Dentures are less expensive than implants. According to the New York Times, implants are costly despite their clear benefits over dentures, and many insurance plans won’t cover the entire cost. Nevertheless, for suitable candidates, implants offer a potentially lifelong solution that is comfortable, durable, and safe.
If you are a good candidate for implants but have minimal insurance coverage, ask your provider to use the denture allowance toward the implant instead. Also, if you use an in-network dentist, dental implants may cost less than you think.
Maintenance of Dentures vs. Implants
Whether taking care of your dentures or implants, you’ll follow a similar approach of using a soft bristled brush to remove plaque. For removable dentures, you’ll soak them using a nonabrasive denture cleanser. Permanent dentures or implants are taken care of in the same way you take care of your existing teeth: brushing twice daily or after each meal, flossing once daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
What Lasts Longer Dentures or Implants?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime so long as you properly care for them. Dentures are also long-lasting but may need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years due to wear or bone structure changes.
Which is Less Painful Dentures or Implants?
Dentures feel less natural and sturdy than implants, making them less comfortable. Especially for removable dentures, you may experience soreness towards the end of the day. Implants are permanently placed in your mouth and are designed to feel and look as natural as possible.
Are Permanent Dentures Cheaper Than Implants?
Both are custom-fit to your mouth, but permanent dentures typically replace a greater amount of teeth than implants, causing them to be more costly. That said, it’s more cost-effective to pay for custom dentures than implants if you replace an entire set of teeth.
Published On: March 14, 2014
Updated On: September 6, 2023