If you have considered dentures, you may be wondering about dental implant cost vs. the cost of dentures. It is true that dentures are the more affordable, low-cost solution in comparison to implants. For this reason, many individuals seeking to replace missing teeth automatically select dentures as their first and only solution. This could be a mistake when you consider the continual, long-term additional cost of fixatives, cleaning solutions, and denture replacement, as well as the disadvantages of slippage and discomfort.
Dentures, or removable false teeth, have long been the most popular choice for those missing all of their teeth. Unfortunately, patients are not always made aware of the treatment alternatives that are now available or they are not informed well enough in terms of value and long-term costs.
Dentures are often held in place with an adhesive paste that lacks a secure bond which leads to a generally unpleasant experience. Dentures often slip and move around causing discomfort and embarrassment while eating and speaking. Slippage and discomfort can be particularly pronounced with a lower denture as the lower jaw is susceptible to bone resorption which causes the denture to move around frequently. This ultimately leads to gum irritation and painful sores.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are the modern-day solution to missing teeth. Unlike dentures which provide a façade of teeth, dental implants provide an actual replacement to natural missing teeth. They are secured in the gum or jaw where they serve as an anchor for a dental crown. This method of placement not only makes them very strong but it also preserves bone and prevents bone loss. Implants will not slip or move, thus eliminating the embarrassment and discomfort associated with dentures. Furthermore, they provide the most permanent solution for tooth loss, often lasting a lifetime. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth and you care for them as you would your natural teeth.
It is possible, however, to have the best of both worlds! Implant supported dentures, or Lifestyle Dentures, might be the “perfect fit” when it comes to affordability and functionality. While the dentures are still removable, the implant posts hold them firmly and securely in place.
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