Although permanent dentures may seem like a one-stop solution, they’re not the right answer for everyone. On the one hand, it’s true that dental implants are somewhat more expensive than dentures. Since it’s fairly simple to cast a mold of the whole plate, the cost of dentures stays relatively low, and even premium dentures cost less than many dental implants.
On the other hand, though, dental implants (formerly known as just “false teeth”) have come quite a long way in the last decade – and as a Palm Harbor dentist, I can tell you that they offer many advantages of their own. Although dental implants cost more than some dentures do, the cost of a dental implant is offset by some other important factors. Here are some of those factors, along with reasons why you’ll want to consider as you make the choice between dentures and dental implants.
1. Dental implants are precise
Where as dentures are designed to slip over your gums and fit the general shape of your mouth, dental implants are designed to precisely mimic the shapes of individual teeth. That means dental implants, unlike dentures, look and feel like your own natural teeth. In fact, a dental implant will allow your original teeth to remain intact. Some types of dental implants can also be used to support bridges, which can help your mouth return to an old familiar stability that you haven’t experienced for years. In all these ways, dental implants don’t just cover up the problem – they actually fix it.
2. Dental implants are simple and convenient
Once you’ve gotten your dental implants, you may not ever have to worry about replacing them, because many dental implants are designed to last for life. Unlike dentures, dental implants won’t slip as you talk or chew, so you’ll feel like they’re a part of your own body. You can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth. And you’ll never need gooey adhesives to keep your dental implants in place. So after a few days, you’re likely to forget they’re even there!
3. Dental implants will make you look and feel better
Dentist reviews agree that implants make life easier. Since dental implants are designed to look exactly like your older teeth – except whiter and stronger – you’ll regain the confidence that comes with a healthy smile. Unlike dentures, dental implants won’t create any awkward moments where your “teeth” slip out, or where you have to remove them and store them somewhere. Instead, you’ll go back to living just the way you did before your dental problem: carefree, and able to focus on the rest of your life.
For all these reasons and more, dental implants may be the right solution for your dental issue. Although the cost of dental implants may be greater than the cost of dentures, Dental implants cost much less in terms of your time, your convenience, and your self-confidence. If you’re looking for a dentist, Palm Harbor, FL offers many options, including my office. Come pay us a visit and find out about the dental implant options we can offer you
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A