Do you have missing teeth? Have you considered replacing them with dentures or dental implants but aren't sure which is right for you?
Both dental implants and dentures are prosthetic teeth; implants are a replacement tooth root placed in the jawbone, and removable dentures sit on top of your gums.
Complete Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Dental implants are popular with dentists because they look, function, and feel most like natural teeth. The small titanium implant post is placed directly in the jawbone and fuses with the bone and tissue as it heals.
After several months, the implant is just as stable in your jaw as your real tooth root was. It also functions in the same way and helps prevent bone loss that occurs after tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants also helps fill out your facial features, and they can last a lifetime with proper care.
Dentures Are an Affordable Alternative to Implants
Getting a dental implant is a process that can take six months or longer, and many people don't want to wait that long. From start to finish, designing, planning, and creating your dentures takes a matter of weeks, not months.
Another reason to choose dentures is if you've been told there's not enough dense bone in your jaw to place an implant post. A procedure called bone grafting can solve this problem, but there's an additional cost involved.
Speaking of cost, getting a single dental implant placed and restored can cost $3,000 or more, about the same as a mid-range set of full dentures. However, dentures need to be replaced every 5-7 years, while implants can last 20 years or longer.
Call Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands in Aurora, CO
Dr. Holly Baller is an experienced dentist in Aurora, CO who offers dental implants, full and partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Everyone has unique needs, and she enjoys working with her patients to customize a tooth replacement plan for them.
If you would like more information and an honest discussion about the pros and cons of dentures and implants, call Baller Dental & Orthodontics. We would love to help you replace your missing teeth so you can smile confidently again.