Drs. Alan Dechter and Matthew Moy offer both dentures and dental implants in Silver Spring, MD to replace missing teeth. But which option is the best when you want to replace a full arch of missing teeth? We compare both types of tooth replacement to determine which is the best fit for you.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made up of three separate parts. First, a titanium implant post is placed in and fused with your jawbone. A piece called an abutment is attached to the post. This is what connects the post to the final restoration. The final restoration for dental implants is most often a dental crown. However, they can also support a fixed bridge or denture.
What are Traditional Dentures?
Traditional dentures are made up of a metal and resin base with plastic or porcelain teeth. They’re traditionally removable and are held onto your dental arch with some sort of adhesive. At night, they need to be taken out and soaked and/or cleaned to remove the adhesive and make sure that they’re clean and ready for the next day.
Restorations and Bone Loss
The best thing about dental implants is that they stop and can even help reverse jawbone deterioration. The bone in the area where you lose a tooth will begin to deteriorate as soon as the tooth is lost. They’re the only treatment method that replaces the tooth root as well as the crown. Since the implant post is placed in the jawbone, jawbone regeneration is spurred on so that the post can fuse with the bone.
Fit and Function
Both restoration options will eliminate the sagging facial appearance that comes with losing teeth. However, dentures will require that adhesive to stay in your mouth, while implants don’t need this step. Even with the advancements in dentures over the years, they can still be bulky and take some time to get used to.
Dental implants both look and feel more like your natural teeth. Because they’re rooted into that bone, you’ll be able to get used to them in no time. No extra bulk is added into your mouth with implants.
As far as chewing function goes, dentures restore about 30-40% of the function. With implants, you get 100% of your function back. You don’t have to worry about making any dietary changes because you can eat all of the foods that you used to. You don’t have the risk of your restoration slipping or falling out.
Comparing the Cost
At the start, dentures are significantly cheaper than dental implants. They also have the added benefit of around 15-50% coverage by many dental insurance companies. While each dental plan varies, you’ll be able to check with your insurance company to see how much they cover for a denture restoration.
Dental implants are considered a cosmetic dental service, so most dental insurance companies don’t cover them. However, some companies may cover a percentage of the fabrication of the final dental restoration.
But while dental implants are more expensive upfront, they’re built to last. You won’t have to worry about replacing them or anything in the future. Because your jawbone still deteriorates when you have dentures, you’ll have to get them relined or replaced – possibly multiple times. These costs add up down the road.
Choose Your Perfect Dental Restoration
At our office, we create a personalized treatment plan for every patient. We’ll talk to you about your budget, goals, and oral health to help you get the perfect restoration for your unique needs. Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started.