implants vs dentures
Are you considering dentures or dental implants? Call Legacy Dentistry of Virginia at (703) 378-5600 to discuss your options.
Dental implants and dentures have several features in common. Both do essentially the same job in that they:
- Provide replacement teeth for tooth loss due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury.
- Recreate a full smile.
- Allow for more natural speech.
- Make it easier to chew.
What sets dental implants apart is how they stay in place. Dentures are held in place by adhesives. Dental implants are anchored into the bone. An implant-supported by the jaw bone is stabler and may feel more natural than a denture.
At Legacy Dentistry of Virginia, we have extensive experience with both types of dental procedures and are happy to discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with you after your exam. We can help find the right tooth replacement plan for your needs.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Traditional dentures can become loose or move around in your mouth, even with the dental adhesive required to keep them in place. Long-term use of dentures can also lead to bone loss, and food can become stuck underneath ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants are different.
- Dental implants are stabler, as they are anchored into the jaw bone, making them less likely to affect speech.
- Implants are easier to use since they do not require denture adhesive.
- Implants feel more like your natural teeth.
- Dental implants tend to last longer than traditional dentures. If properly cared for, they can last for a long time.
- However, implants may cost more than dentures. Despite the cost, they can be a worthwhile investment in your dental health.
Advantages of Dentures
Price is the only real advantage of opting for dentures over implants. They are the most affordable option to replace multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures are not as costly, but full dentures can cost over a thousand. Dentures also might not require dental surgery.
By comparison, a single implant can cost several thousand dollars, while full implants can cost fifteen thousand dollars or more.
Despite their low cost, dentures are not for everyone. If they do not meet your needs, consider implants. If the price is a concern, dental insurance might cover some costs, and financing and payment plans may be available. Don’t give up without exploring all possibilities.
Whichever dental procedure you choose, our team at Legacy Dentistry of Virginia has the expertise and empathy to work with you to make your new smile a reality. Call (703) 378-5600 now to schedule an appointment.