Implants Vs. Dentures: What’s The Difference?

If you’re missing teeth in Williamsburg, you may be considering dental implants as well as partial or full dentures. But what’s the difference, and what’s the better choice for you? Learn a few of the biggest differences between these two restorative dentistry treatments.

Both Implants And Dentures Can Replace One, Several, Or All Of Your Teeth 

First, both dental implants and dentures can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Implants can support a crown to replace one missing tooth, a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth, or a full set of implant-supported dentures.

In the same way, partial dentures can be built to replace one or several missing teeth, while full-arch dentures are used to replace the entire upper or lower row of teeth. No matter how many teeth you’re missing, either one of these treatments may be an option.

Implants Protect And Preserve Your Jaw Bone, Unlike Dentures

After you lose one or more teeth, the jaw bone below the teeth begins to deteriorate and weaken. This process is not halted by dentures. Over time, this can lead to significant changes in your facial structure and appearance.

In contrast, dental implants stop this process. They are surgically implanted into your jaw, and they strengthen the jaw by transmitting the force of biting and chewing. This preserves your jaw bone and your appearance. 

Dentures Are A Faster, Less Expensive Option Compared To Implants

Usually, you can get a set of full or partial dentures in just 3-4 weeks. Dentures are very affordable, and are usually covered by insurance.

In contrast, implants may take up to 3-6 months or longer, and are much more expensive. They are also usually not covered by insurance, or may only be covered partially. This is something to keep in mind if you’re on a tight budget.

Implants Have A Much Longer Lifespan Than Dentures 

Even though they may cost more upfront, implants are still a better long-term investment than dentures, in most places. This is because dental implants usually last at least 30 years, and many patients keep their implants with no problems for the rest of their lives.

In contrast, dentures usually wear out and must be replaced within 3-7 years, depending on the type of denture and how well you care for your dentures. 

Dentures Are Not As Stable, Secure, Or Natural As Implants 

Implants are permanently bonded to your jaw bone, and will never move or shift. Implant-supported restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures are very stable, and look and feel very natural.

In contrast, partial dentures snap onto your remaining healthy teeth, and full dentures fit onto your gums and are held in place with friction. They have a reasonably tight hold, but still may shift or move occasionally. They also do not look as natural, in most cases.

Need More Information? Schedule Your Appointment Today! 

When it comes to choosing between implants and dentures, it’s a good idea to talk to an expert. And at the office of James A. Burden DDS and Associates, you can get the help you need. Contact us online or give us a call at (757) 229-1224 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burden, and find out if dentures or implants are right for you.