Dental Implants vs Dentures: Which Is Right For You?
If you have an incomplete smile, you may have considered dental implants or dentures to restore your confidence and reclaim your quality of life. Dental implants are often seen as a lasting solution. Dentures are considered by many prospective patients as the more cost-effective option. Both look wonderful and offer effective results. But which is right for you?
James M. Stein, DMD, is a renowned prosthodontist with more than 30 years of experience enhancing smiles in his Boston, MA office. He and his compassionate staff perform dental implant and denture procedures with state-of-the-art digital dentistry equipment so that your impressions can be finished in a same-day appointment.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Your teeth are an investment in your future happiness and your future holistic health. Here’s the information you need to determine if implants or dentures are a better fit for you.
- Dentures Replace Sets of Teeth. If you are only missing one or two teeth, and they are not right next to each other, then a crown or bridge supported by a dental implant is the better choice for you.
- Dental Implants Feel Like Natural Teeth. Dentures can sometimes move, often while eating or speaking. Implants are difficult to move since they are surgically anchored into the jawbone.
- Dental Implants Are More Expensive. One dental implant can potentially cost about as much as an entire set of dentures.
Dr. Stein’s Boston, MA,office is available to answer your questions or set you up with an appointment at any time. Scroll down for more details about how his office will restore the health of your smile.
Dentures Replace Sets of Teeth
Patients who are missing several teeth also tend to have poor jawbone density. This is because tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate the jawbone. Over time, the bone structure begins to atrophy.
Dentures can restore the look, feel, and function of your teeth so you can eat, drink, laugh, and live as you did before. However, dental implants can prevent bone loss along the jaw since the posts function as artificial tooth roots.
Dental Implants Feel Like Natural Teeth
After you’ve recovered, your dental implants will look and feel like your real teeth. They even stimulate the jaw bone to keep it from deteriorating, just like your natural tooth roots do. You won’t have to worry about a bone loss of the jaw or a rapidly aging face.
If you’re in danger of losing more teeth, implants can help with that too. When you lose teeth, the healthy teeth around the gap become weaker. Implants help the surrounding teeth retain their integrity.
There are some estimates that dental implants can last 40 years or longer if taken care of properly.
Dental Implants Are More Expensive
Dental implants cost an average of $2,000 each. That’s about the price of one set of dentures (lower dentures usually cost about the same amount). Although it is important to note that dentures require more fittings, regular check-ups, and maintenance than dental implants do. While dental implants are undoubtedly the more expensive option, they might be less hassle for you in the long run.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Stein
Whether you choose to complete your smile with dental implants or dentures, you are making an investment in your future and your health. Call Dr. Stein’s office in Boston, MA, at (617) 227-6076, or send a message online to schedule your appointment.