The question that you may find yourself faced with is whether you should invest in dentures or dental implants. While the decision is a personal choice, it also comes down to some of the advantages that each one can offer to you. Many patients today are starting to lean towards dental implants because they offer you more than what dentures can, but there is a cost that comes along with them too, which may discourage some patients. Below, Dr. Garth Riopelle will compare and contrast dentures and dental implants to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Dental Implants VS Dentures
1. Dental implants feel natural in the mouth and function like your natural teeth whereas dentures may feel fake or off.
2. Dental implants can preserve your jaw bone and prevent loss from occurring. They also work to preserve your facial structure whereas dentures can cause bone loss and lead to a change in your facial structure.
3. Dental implants do not require you to use any type of creams or fixatives whereas dentures do require the use of these products.
4. Dental implants are able to restore your ability to chew normally whereas dentures can restrict the types of foods that you can and cannot eat.
5. Dental implants are secured into the jaw bone while remaining stable and providing a solid foundation whereas dentures can and often do slip around and lead to irritation and discomfort in your mouth.
6. Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth whereas dentures often need to be replaced or re-aligned over the years.
7. Dental implants are an investment designed to last your lifetime whereas dentures are less expensive, but they need to be replaced often.
8. Dental implants are easier to take care of and do not require extra steps whereas dentures need to be removed from the mouth and cleaned every night.
Dentures Versus Dental Implants: A Cost Comparison
As you can see, there are many differences between both dentures and dental implants. The most obvious difference is the price and when many patients look at the price of dentures, they think they will get them because dental implants are much more expensive. Dr. Garth Riopelle wants to point out that while dentures are cheaper up front, they continue to cost you money over time. For example, you will need to purchase cleaning solutions to clean the dentures, adhesives, and pay for replacements.
Removable dentures often require replacement every 7 to 15 years where dental implants last for up to 25 years. This means that you will need anywhere from two to four sets of dentures per lifespan of dental implants.
Dr. Garth Riopelle recommends dental implants for those patients who want a lifelong option. The dental implants are worth the investment and when you sit down and compare the options side by side, you will see that dental implants are worth every penny.
If you are worried that you will not be able to afford the cost of dental implants, do call our San Ramon office and let us know. We have multiple financing options that can help you afford the dental procedure and treatment you need.
Stop Bone Loss from Occurring in Your Jaw
One of the reasons why Dr. Garth Riopelle recommends dental implants for patients is because they can prevent bone loss in the jaw. Bone loss leads to a change in facial structure and this often occurs with patients who have dentures or those patients who have not replaced their missing teeth.
Dental implants will preserve the bone and help keep your facial structure the same. If you have any questions about the bone loss process, let our team know.
Call Our San Ramon Office to Schedule an Appointment Today
Comfort and performance are important when it comes to your teeth and dental implants can help make up for your missing teeth. Unfortunately, dentures are not always the best option because they cannot provide you with the natural look and feel you are after.
Removable dentures do often slip around in your mouth and can be embarrassing for many patients, especially when they talk or eat. Dr. Garth Riopelle wants you to keep in mind that dental implants are permanent, and dentures do require the use of adhesives and special care.
Dental implants can provide you with the smile you have always wanted, and you will enjoy the way they feel. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, dentures, or how either option can benefit you, call our San Ramon office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garth Riopelle.