Dentures and Dental Implants Defined
Dentures are simply “false teeth” and have now greatly improved in quality. Materials used in making dentures include cast metal, acrylic, or porcelain. They fill up space to serve as the replacement for missing teeth.
Teeth are often extracted if the patient has unhealthy teeth. An immediate denture will be fitted and used on the same day. It is common for the denture to be relined within three to four months after the teeth extraction.
Implant-supported overdentures are less expensive in the long run, as they don’t need to be relined nearly as often as conventional dentures. The reason for this is that with implants, the bone stops shrinking. Conversely, with conventional dentures the bone continues to melt away over time, thus necessitating frequent denture relines.
An oral surgeon will perform the implant procedure. Before the surgery, it is important to ensure that implants are suitable for the patient. Bone quality and quantity are assessed using 3D scanning to help guide the oral surgeon in placing the dental implants.
Which Should You Choose?
The biggest reason why dentists in South Florida recommend dentures over implants is the anticipated cost. However, as previously discussed, an implant-supported overdenture is less expensive in the long run because it does not require relining nearly as often.
Ultimately, dentures are preferred over dental implants due to the cost. Without a doubt, dentures are easier to obtain, especially if you have an extremely limited budget. In addition, it is sometimes possible to get the denture on the same day.
Although implants can be expensive, certain factors add to the total cost of dentures. In fact, maintenance costs, including cleaning solutions and fixatives, can add to the overall expenses for dentures. Plus, they typically require adjustment, especially as jaw structure alters with age, and this process is not free.
For these reasons, implants may be a better solution for some patients, even with the costs considered. The procedure gives way to a permanent replacement for the lost teeth with no dislodging or moving risks. Implants also look and feel more natural than dentures.
Once the surgery is done, it does not require as much maintenance as dentures. It’s just like taking care of your natural teeth: by brushing twice daily and flossing once per day. Additionally, there is no need for adhesives as teeth will remain in place even when eating or talking.
When properly cared for, you can have your dental implants for life, making them more cost-effective than dentures.
If you live in West Palm Beach, Florida, you want to have a skilled oral surgeon who will perform the procedure on you. At the clinic, Personalized Implant Care is a service offered by Dr. Andrew Slavin in order for him to determine if implants are suitable for patients.
Whether you have one, two, or several teeth missing, we want you to have the best possible procedure that is right for your situation. When it’s determined that your jaw and gums are healthy, the process can begin so that you can confidently smile again. Schedule your first appointment today.