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Dental Implants vs Dentures

A dentist holding up teeth impression for a 3D scan in San JosePeople looking for tooth replacement options often find themselves torn between dental implants and dentures.

Which one is the better choice? The answer depends on a variety of factors.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are advanced tooth replacement solutions designed to mimic the natural tooth structure. They consist of three main components:
•  The implant, which is a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone
•  The abutment, connecting the implant to the crown
•  The crown, the visible and functional part of the replacement tooth

What are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth.

Dentures are typically made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal, providing a removable and cost-effective option for restoring a natural-looking smile.

Dental Implants vs Dentures: A Comparison

With regard to durability and longevity, dental implants can last for many years, often a lifetime, with proper care.

While dentures can last a long time, they may need periodic adjustments or replacements due to changes in the jawbone structure over time.

Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and function, providing a stable and comfortable chewing experience.

While modern dentures are designed to look natural, some individuals may find them less secure and comfortable compared to dental implants.

Regarding oral health dental implants integrate with the jawbone, promoting bone health and preventing bone loss.

Dentures, however, may contribute to bone loss over time, as they do not stimulate the jawbone in the same way as dental implants.

Dental implants require routine oral care, similar to natural teeth, but no special cleaning procedures are needed.

Dentures require removal for cleaning and may need special cleaning solutions. Proper oral hygiene and regular check-ups are essential for maintaining denture health.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a long-term, often permanent, solution for missing teeth. They closely resemble natural teeth, enhancing the aesthetics of the smile and providing stability for chewing and speaking.

By stimulating the jawbone, implants prevent bone loss and maintain facial structure.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures are generally a more cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth.

Removing them for cleaning and maintenance is easy, and it takes a relatively short time to produce them.

They can also replace multiple missing teeth.

Considerations for Choosing Dental Implants or Dentures

Dental implants tend to have a higher upfront cost compared to dentures. However, their longevity may make them more cost-effective in the long run.

Dentures require regular removal and cleaning, while you care for dental implants just like natural teeth.

Dental implants contribute to jawbone health, while dentures may contribute to bone loss over time. Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth, offering a more stable and aesthetically pleasing solution.

The Dental Implant Process

The progress begins with an examination to determine the patient's eligibility for dental implants. The titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and then integrates with it during the healing period.

Next, an abutment is attached to the implant, connecting it to the crown. Finally, a custom-made crown is placed onto the abutment.

The Denture Process

First, we will schedule a comprehensive examination to discuss tooth replacement options. Then we will take impressions of the oral structure to create custom dentures.

This is followed by a trial fitting. The final dentures are given once adjustments are made.

Aftercare and Maintenance for Dental Implants and Dentures

For dental implants, maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. Also avoid chewing on hard foods or objects.

Remove and clean dentures daily using a soft brush and recommended cleaning solutions. Handle them carefully to avoid damage or breakage and remember to practice good oral hygiene.

Common FAQs about Dental Implants vs Dentures

Which option is more affordable?

The affordability of dental implants versus dentures depends on various factors, including the number of teeth that need replacing, the materials used, and the overall oral health of the individual.

In general, dentures are often more cost-effective up front compared to dental implants.

While dental implants may have a higher initial cost, they offer a durable and long-lasting solution, potentially making them more cost-effective over the long term.

Are dental implants more durable than dentures?

Dental implants are typically more durable than dentures. Dental implants are designed as a permanent solution for missing teeth.

Once the titanium implant fuses with the jawbone, the implant can withstand the forces of chewing and speaking.

Dentures, while designed as a sturdy and functional tooth replacement option, may require periodic adjustments or replacements over time due to changes in the jawbone and general wear.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

The dental implant procedure is typically not painful during the surgery itself. Local anesthesia is used to numb the surgical area, ensuring that patients do not feel pain.

After the surgery, patients may experience some postoperative discomfort, which is manageable with pain relievers.

Can I switch from dentures to dental implants later?

It is possible to switch from dentures to dental implants later, but it depends on various factors, including the individual's oral health, bone density, and overall suitability for dental implant surgery.

In some cases, individuals who have used dentures for a period may choose to transition to dental implants for a more permanent and stable solution.

How do I know which option is right for me?

Choosing between dental implants and dentures involves considering individual preferences, oral health status, lifestyle, and budget.

The condition of your remaining teeth and the health of your jawbone are crucial considerations, as implants need sufficient bone mass.

Some individuals find dental implants more comfortable and secure, while others may prefer the ease of use and affordability of dentures.

Find Your Ideal Tooth Replacement Option in San Jose, CA

If you aren't sure which is the best option for you, call us at (669) 306-7669 and schedule an appointment with us and we can help you make the right choice.

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Implants vs Dentures in San Jose, CA
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