With today’s modern dentistry, we are lucky to have a number of different tooth replacement options available. If you are on a budget, dentures are generally considered to be the most affordable way to go—especially if you are missing all of your teeth. Dental implants cost more up front, but they can actually save you money in the long run.
Before you contact our Chesterfield, MO dental practice to find out more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, dentures, or another option, read below for some tips on choosing the right option for you.
Although dental implants are cheaper in the end because they don’t require the adjustments that go along with dentures—and they can last a lifetime—they are an investment. For patients on a tight budget, dentures are more affordable. Dental bridges provide another way to replace missing teeth, and although they are a bit more expensive than dentures, they are less expensive than implants. They are also easier to take care of than dentures.
As mentioned, dental implants are designed to last a long time—and they can last for the rest of your life if you take care of them properly. Other dental prosthetics might last a decade before they will need to be replaced. Dentures will also require adjustments as the density of your jawbone deteriorates over time.
Dental implants undoubtedly look the most natural—and they function closest to your natural teeth as well. Because they serve as a replacement for the tooth roots, they protect the jawbone against shrinkage. People who wear dentures tend to undergo pretty drastic changes in their appearance because they develop a “sunken-in” look as the jawbone changes.
Caring for dental implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth: brush and floss regularly. Dentures will have to be soaked every night, which can be a hassle.
There is a true “learning curve” with dentures as people get used to speaking and eating with them. With dental implants, there is no adjustment period since they look and feel very much like natural teeth.
Do you have questions about the best tooth replacement options? Call Dr. Robert Rahm, a Chesterfield, MO top dentist, and he can talk to you about dental implants, dentures, and other tooth replacement options. Call today for a consultation!