Dental Implants Vs. Dentures – Explaining The Pros & Cons Of Each Treatment

Dental implants and dentures are two of the most popular treatments for replacing missing teeth in Windsor. But which one is right for you? In this blog from Water Valley Dental, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of both treatments, and help you learn a bit more about your options for tooth replacement.

The Pros & Cons Of Dental Implants

Dental implants are often considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth, due to their variety of great benefits, including:

  • Long lifespan – Dental implants typically last for the rest of your life with proper care, making them a great long-term investment.
  • Natural look and feel – Your implant will be anchored to your jaw bone, which means it will never move or shift, and it will look and feel totally natural.
  • Simple care – For the most part, you can just brush and floss your implants like natural teeth. No special care is required.

However, dental implants are not always the best choice for everyone. They do have a few drawbacks and limitations to keep in mind.

  • Long treatment process – It takes at least 6-7 months to get an implant, and it can take even longer for patients who require additional surgeries before treatment.
  • Expensive, not covered by insurance – Most insurers will not cover the cost of implants, and they are significantly more expensive than dentures in most cases.
  • Not everyone qualifies – Your mouth must be healthy and you must have a strong jaw bone to get a dental implant.

The Pros & Cons Of Dentures

Partial dentures and full dentures both are great ways to quickly replace missing teeth, and today’s dentures are more durable, comfortable, and convenient than ever. They offer benefits like:

  • Low overall cost – Dentures are usually the cheapest way to replace one or more teeth, and are typically covered by insurance.
  • Fast treatment time – Most people can get dentures in a month or less at Water Valley Dental.
  • Natural appearance – Modern dentures are made with a lifelike, natural appearance, which restores your self-confidence.

Still, dentures do have a few drawbacks to keep in mind, particularly when comparing them to dental implants.

  • Short treatment lifespan – Full dentures usually last about 5-10 years, while partial dentures last between 10-15 years.
  • Requires special care – You will need to take special steps like removing your dentures, brushing them regularly, and soaking them overnight while you sleep.
  • Does not feel as natural – Properly-fitted dentures will stay in place while you eat and drink, but may still shift slightly and feel less natural compared to dental implants.

Got More Questions? Come See Dr. Danny For An Appointment In Windsor!

At Water Valley Dental, Dr. Danny specializes in restorative dentistry. We offer both dental implants and dentures at our office. And if you’re still not sure which treatment is right for you, just contact us online or give us a call at (970) 460-8989 to schedule an appointment.

At our consultation, Dr. Danny can examine your mouth, explain each procedure in more detail, and help you choose the right option based on your oral health, your budget, and your personal preferences. Get the help you need today!

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