Dentures and dental implants both provide a tooth replacement solution, but they have some key differences you’ll want to be aware of if you cannot decide which one is more preferred.

Dental implants are generally more expensive than dentures, but since implants can last as long as 25 years and more without replacement or major maintenance, they can also save you money in the long run by preventing frequent trips to the dentist for denture adjustments and/or replacements.

Before we dig into the details about exactly what makes dental implants different from dentures, let’s take a look at what both of these types of treatment involved.

What Is a Denture?
Dentures are removable false teeth that replace missing teeth and support existing natural teeth. Since dentures are false teeth, they don’t have roots (that would go in your gums), so they require some sort of adhesive to attach them to your mouth.

The most common types of denture adhesives are dental acrylics or dental relines, but other options do exist as well (such as different kinds of clasps). Dentures usually come with a set of acrylic trays that help you build up strength in your jawbone and get used to having new teeth again; then you can wear them full-time when you’re ready.

What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed within your jawbone in order to keep an artificial tooth or crown in place.

There are many differences between these two options for replacing missing teeth; one might be better suited for you than another depending on your circumstances and personal preferences. Keep reading below to learn more about how they compare!

Who is a Candidate for One Over the Other?
Both dentures and dental implants are strong and durable, but they’re not created equal. There are many different circumstances in which one treatment may be better than another, or when one isn’t even an option (for example, if you don’t have enough bone, you cannot install an implant).

Generally speaking, we think of dental implants as a permanent solution for tooth loss; however, you can remove them if your gums don’t heal well around them or if your oral health changes dramatically later on in life.

The Difference between Implant and Denture
Both dentures and dental implants have some potential risks to them, but when it comes to problems that are directly related to their use, in general dental implants have fewer complications than dentures.
Also because dental implants are placed under your gums instead of on top of them, dental implants do not need to be removed at night while you sleep like dentures do.

Potential Side Effects
In very rare cases, dental implants may impact your immune system. There are risks involved with every surgery, but most patients who have dental implants experience few, if any side effects from their procedure. If you’re considering getting dental implants and concerned about possible side effects, consult your dentist to learn more about what to expect during and after your procedure according to your health conditions.

On the other side, there are a few potential risks related to dentures. For example, you may likely to build up the amount of plaque in the mouth if the denture is not cleaned and maintained properly. In addition to that, if the denture is not designed properly, it may create bite problems later on.

Cost Comparison
Dental implants are more expensive than dentures, but if you’re just looking at cost, keep in mind that price doesn’t always equate to the long-term value.

With dental implants, even though they require a one-time investment up front (about $4,000 – $7,000), they last for decades as long as you take care of them properly. The average lifespan of an implant is more than 25 years and it will probably outlast your natural teeth as well.

Denture on the other hand needs to be maintained and replaced every a few years. The maintenance and replacement costs do add up for dentures.

Maintenance of dentures vs. implants
Keep in mind that when it comes to dentures, you will have to replace them over time as your mouth continues to change shape and bone structure diminishes. While some denture wearers find they can get away with only replacing a few parts of their denture every year or two, others may need to invest in whole new sets every 2-3 years. While implants won’t go out of shape as they are permanent.

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