If you have missing teeth, you most likely want to replace them for aesthetic and functional reasons. When considering ways to replace teeth, your options include dentures and tooth implants. Both methods have pros and cons, and the best choice for you depends on many factors.
What are Tooth Implants?
You are probably familiar with dentures since almost all of us know people who wear them. They are removable artificial teeth that replace some or all of yours. Dental implants are another option for tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, they are not removable and are anchored into your jawbone.
*Individual results may vary
Implants vs. Dentures: Which is Better?
Implants and dentures each have advantages. We recommend considering both short-term and long-term factors when deciding which option you prefer.
Denture costs vary widely, and insurance may cover some or all of it. People without dental insurance can expect to pay an average of $ 3,000 for a full upper or lower set. The cost of dental implants depends on many factors. It can be substantial if you are replacing many teeth. However, you will need to replace dentures over time.
Many people get used to their dentures and wear them comfortably without problems. However, many others struggle with getting the right fit, eating the foods they want, and other concerns. Implants allow you to eat anything you normally would and do not require adhesive.
Getting dentures is usually a quick procedure where a mold is made from your teeth. However, getting a set of dentures that fit you comfortably may take a few tries. Getting dental implants is a multi-step process that may require bone grafts. However, your final results can last a lifetime, although one of the crowns may occasionally need to be replaced.
You take care of tooth implants the same way you take care of natural teeth. They require daily brushing and flossing. Dentures are removed and cleaned daily, then soaked overnight. You may also need to clean the adhesive off your gums.
Am I a Good Candidate for Tooth Implants or Dentures?
Most people with missing teeth make good candidates for dentures or implants. Candidates for tooth implants should be generally healthy and have reasonable expectations. Some people may require bone grafts to build up enough jawbone to anchor the implants. You may not be a good candidate if your jawbone cannot support implants.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.