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Dental Implants vs. Dentures

HomeDental ImplantsDental Implants vs. Dentures

senior couple smile at each other after learning about dental implants and dentures

When you need to replace one or more missing teeth, you may choose between either dental implants or dentures. While both have benefits, you should educate yourself, so you can make an informed decision about which tooth replacement method is right for you. At Edgewater Dental Arts, serving Edgewater, MD and the general vicinity, we offer both options and will help you decide on the ideal one for you based on cost, appearance, and various other factors.

Appearance

Dental implants look more natural than dentures. They closely resemble your natural teeth because your dentist adheres them into your jaw bone using a post. Since the dentist integrates the abutment into your jaw bone, the surrounding tissue heals around it, which helps it to look more like your own teeth. Dentures consist of faux gum tissue that doesn’t fully look natural.

Plus, your practitioner crafts the crown of the implant to blend in with your neighboring teeth as much as possible, further enhancing the natural appearance of the implant.

Longevity

When you decide between dentures or implants, you should consider the fact that dental implants can last 25 years or possibly even longer. However, dentures, even high-quality ones, only tend to last up to eight years.

Durability

Dental implants are more durable, especially when you consider the fact that they remain inside your mouth. You don’t have to worry about dropping and breaking them.

Cost

Cost is often a deciding factor when a person requires a tooth replacement. Dental implants tend to cost more than dentures, even if you have to replace your dentures in the future.

Convenience

You take care of dental implants just like you would your teeth – routine brushing, flossing, and dental exams. Dentures, on the other hand, require you to use a specialized adhesive, and you must take them out of your mouth to soak them in a solution before bed.

Speech

Your teeth play a vital role in your speech. Dental implants will act like your own teeth and not affect your speech much. On the other hand, dentures may slip and disrupt your normal speech.

Eating

You’ll have an easier time chewing with dental implants since they act like your teeth. Dentures may slide, and you have more food restrictions to adhere to with this option.

Ultimately, you may benefit from dental implants in terms of your speech, eating habits, and appearance, among other benefits. However, dentures are a more cost-efficient solution for tooth replacement. Your dentist can help you further decide which option suits your needs best.

Schedule an appointment for tooth replacement with Edgewater Dental Arts, serving Edgewater, Maryland and the surrounding area, by calling us today at 410-956-3525.

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.