Are Dentures Really the Best Solution?
About 32 million Americans have either partial or full dentures...
Making them one of the most popular solutions to loss of teeth. However, most people don't realize that even though they are a popular solution, dentures might not be the most effective or even cheapest option. This article will go over what both dentures and dental implants are, as well as offer a comparison on their functionality, fit, and price.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are false teeth usually set in hard plastic that attempts to match the color of your gums underneath. There are many configurations that include full dentures, for someone who is missing all their teeth, partial dentures for patients that have some of their teeth remaining. These two main forms of dentures can also have metal framework for stability, or flexible plastic for comfort.
The main characteristic of dentures is that they are false teeth set in false gums that sit on top of your gums and are either held in by clasps around remaining teeth or by oral adhesives and gels.
What are Implants?
Implants seek to restore functionality and cosmetic look to a patient''s bite just like dentures. However, they go about it in a much different manner. Implants are false teeth that are secured into the patients bone via titanium screws. This securing method means that there is no bonding agent or clasps required to keep the teeth in place. Instead, implants are secured directly into the patient's jawbone, ensuring a strong bite ability is maintained and no risk of teeth falling out or bone loss.
Dentures vs Implants:
- $4,000-$5,000 Denture Price
- Adhesives / Bonding Gels Necessary
- Nightly Removal and Cleaning Necessary
- Only 10% of Chewing Ability Compared to Teeth
- Bone Loss Common Due to Low Stimulation by Dentures
- Can Cause Uncomfortable Sores With Contact on Soft Tissue
- $2,000-$3,000 Per Tooth
- No Adhesives or Bonding Gel Required
- No Nightly Removal
- Full Chewing Ability, No Restricted Diet
- Bone Structure is Saved and No Bone Loss Occurs
- No Sore Contact Points with Foreign Material
While Dentures are the easiest solution, they are not the most effective or even cost efficient when we factor in the extra adhesives, dental visits from bone loss, and potential for re-treatment. Implants are the closest solution we dentists have to restoring the correct function of a patient's bite.
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