Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dentures: 3 Key Comparisons

Whether you are missing one tooth or many, you have several choices for restoring your mouth’s functionality and creating a more beautiful smile. Two of the most common replacement options are removable dentures and implant-supported dentures, but without proper comparison, it can be hard to determine which option best meets your needs.

Removable vs. Permanent

Traditional dentures can be a full or partial set of teeth that slides in and out of your mouth and must be removed each night. While advancements over the years have made removable dentures look more natural, there is still risk of them slipping while the wearer speaks or eats. Implant-supported dentures are permanently secured in the mouth by dental implants, so there is no risk of slipping. They also tend to look more natural.

Caring for Your Dentures

Taking care of dentures is vastly different depending on the type you get. Some people prefer traditional dentures, which requires nightly removal for cleaning in a special solution. However, you must be careful not to drop them, as they can easily crack when improperly handled. Others prefer implant-supported dentures because the care required is that of natural teeth—brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly.

Qualifying for and Paying for Dentures

Traditional dentures are easier to get for two reasons. First, you are more likely to be a viable candidate for dentures since they do not require implants. In addition, dentures have a lower initial cost, although it is important to note they need realigned and replaced regularly, which means additional costs down the line. Dental implants have a higher initial cost, but once you pay for them, you are not likely to need them replaced as long as you take care of them. It is not as easy to qualify for implants, however. Candidates must have relatively healthy gums and jawbone and must not smoke. Diabetes, HIV and some other diseases can also cause complications.  

Learn More Today

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants in Sacramento, CA, contact periodontists Dr. Jonathan Szymanowski and Dr. C. Thaddeus Szymanowski for a personalized consultation to discuss which option is best for you!


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