When people have damaged teeth, they typically have the choice of either going for a dental implant or deciding on removal of the teeth and going forward with dentures. Dentures can encompass the whole bottom, whole top, or both rows of teeth.
When considering the costs, it’s important to look at both the up-front costs and the ongoing costs of maintaining your health after each of these potential procedures.
Let’s consider the costs that might accrue to a dental patient this way:
When it comes to dentures, it’s a good idea not to take on a “one size fits all” approach. If your dentures don’t fit correctly, then you will have problems chewing and may even have difficulty speaking. Custom dentures can take a few days to be made and may cost a few hundred dollars.
Your dental implants are much more resilient than dentures, and they provide a much more natural chewing experience. However, getting implants will require at least two dental visits and potentially a future follow-up. That means you could end up paying a bit more initially.
With dentures, you have to spend a great deal of money on dental adhesive. Likewise, since you are not able to clean dentures fully and completely with ordinary toothpaste, you’ll also need the right kind of solution for cleaning your dentures.
With dental implants, there are no major ongoing costs. Once your dental implants are firmly secured in your mouth, the odds of future breakage or other issues are very, very slim. By comparison, dentures should be replaced on a fairly regular basis, and may become chipped, cracked, or worn down.
If you are not satisfied with your dentures, then you can always “trade up” to dental implants in the future. However, it is easiest to go ahead and get dental implants right away.
At Island Dental Associates, we work to make your high quality dental care affordable, no matter what approach you decide to take.
Want to find out more? Call or email us today to discuss the benefits and potential cost of your dental implant procedure.
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