Friday, Jul. 26, 2019
There are many reasons a person might be considering dentures or dental implants. Some of the most common reasons include the loss of a tooth (or teeth) due to an accident, gum disease, tooth decay, or dental fractures. Many factors go into deciding which tooth replacement option will be best for you, including cost, convenience and more. So let’s take a look at dentures and dental implants in detail.
Many people choose to take the route of getting fitted for dentures for missing teeth. This is especially true because dentures generally cost less than dental implants and there are typically no surgeries required to obtain dentures. However, there are also many reasons a person would not choose dentures over dental implants.
As previously stated, there are no surgical procedures required to obtain dentures, unless your dentist recommends extracting any remaining teeth to prepare your mouth for a denture(s). Once you have been prepared and an alginate impression has been taken, you then make the decisions on shape, size, and color you would like for your dentures. Once all is set in place, your dentist and a dental laboratory will work together to create your dentures. Once they are produced, you then try them out until your next appointment, where adjustments can be made accordingly.
Dentures tend to be less expensive than dental implants, making them a popular choice among those who need to replace missing teeth. The average denture can cost between $600 and $1000. While it is possible to go with the cheapest option, you will find that you get what you pay for. Higher quality dentures use better materials and techniques to replicate the teeth and gums as naturally as possible. They will also last longer than the most basic pair of dentures.
Denture maintenance is more intensive than that of dental implants. It is important to brush your dentures every morning and night to avoid plaque buildup. Brushing will also protect them from discoloration. In addition to brushing your dentures, dentists cannot stress enough the importance of keeping up with your dental hygiene, even if you use a complete set of dentures. Brushing your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help stimulate circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are made to look and function like natural ones. They are great alternatives to dentures because they provide more stability and strength for chewing, biting, and more.
The dental implant procedure essentially replaces the roots of a tooth with metal, screw-like posts, and replaces the missing or damaged teeth with artificial ones. Depending on the person and the number of dental implants needed, there may be one procedure, or there may be multiple. Because the purpose of the dental implant requires the bone to heal around the implant, this process can take months to complete.
Due to the simple fact that dental implants are universally more expensive, it is likely that the surgery will either not be covered at all by your insurance or have an alternate benefit be provided. Most insurances will state that they provide a benefit as if it was a lesser quality procedure, such as a bridge or denture. However, it may be worth spending the money once, rather than spending money on dentures every 7 to 15 years. As previously stated, it all depends on the person and the type of work that needs to be completed.
Caring for dental implants is just the same as caring for natural teeth. Routine brushing and flossing, as you would do normally, help ensure good dental hygiene, while also keeping your new implants white and bright!
Finding affordable dental implants as well as finding dentures that fit and are comfortable can be difficult. That is why at Kneib Dentistry, we work with you and your insurance company to determine which option for replacing missing teeth would be best for you. Schedule an appointment today!