Most patients’ biggest concern when choosing between dentures and dental implants is the high price of dental implants. So what is the cost of dental implants? Before we discuss dollar signs let’s weigh the pros & cons of dentures and dental implants.
While dentures may seem like the quick fix they come with a lot of exterior issues. Dentures, which are removable false teeth, must be held in place using a fixative like an adhesive paste or wafers. The application of fixative can be quite uncomfortable and must be reapplied over time.
Additionally, dentures can move around the mouth or slip out when eating or speaking. Finally, if dentures are not properly cleaned they can lead to gum irritation and sores.
On the other hand, dental implants are a healthier, more comfortable solution as they look and feel like your real teeth. Unlike dentures, which lack in aesthetic and functional purposes, implants are secured directly to the gum or jaw where they serve as an anchor for a dental crown.
This procedure makes implants strong so they don’t slip or move around, eliminating one of the biggest issues associated with dentures. If taken proper care of, dental implants can last a lifetime and require less maintenance than other tooth replacement systems which require constant cleaning and removal.
Finally, dental implants preserve the jaw bone so patients can avoid a long and possibly painful bone grafting procedure.
If you take into account the cost of replacing dentures, fixatives, and cleaning solutions over time, the price of dental implants is actually less than the price of years of dentures.
Speak with your dentist during your next visit to see if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you!