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Dentures vs Implants

Dentures vs Implants

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For those who have missing or damaged teeth, there are more replacement teeth options than ever before. The variety of replacement teeth options allow those with missing or damaged teeth to get picky, choosing the option that best suits their needs. Two of the most popular options are permanent dentures and dental implants.

Many think that permanent dentures and implants are the same things, but there are a few distinct differences that separate the two. Below, we try to explain the differences between permanent dentures and implants, but the best way to understand what distinguishes the two is to visit a dental implant specialist.

University Dental is home to some of the best dental implant dentists in San Diego, and they can help you determine whether permanent dentures or implants are best for you. To learn more, contact University Dental today by calling (619) 473-2565.


What Are Permanent Dentures?

Permanent dentures are dentures that are held in place by two or more dental implants. These dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, allowing the dentures to look, feel, and act like normal teeth.


What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants are when one tooth is replaced by an implant that is topped by a crown. In some cases, multiple dental implants can be placed to support a full set of teeth, such as an All-On-4 dental implant.




Implants are permanently sealed, meaning that once dental implants are placed they cannot be removed by the patient at any time

Permanent dentures can oftentimes be removed

Dental implants can house just one crown, a few crowns, or replace an entire mouth of teeth. 

They can only be used to replace a whole set of teeth

Feel and function like natural teeth

Can feel fake and unnatural. Sometimes dentures slip around making it difficult to speak and eat.

Help restore normal chewing capacity

Certain foods cannot be eaten with dentures. 

Long-lasting solution

They frequently need replacement 

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    Cost Comparison: Dental Implants vs Dentures

    Dentures are considered the budget friendly option for replacing a full arch of missing teeth because their up-front costs are lower than the up-front cost of dental implants. But there are a number of hidden costs associated with dentures that do not apply to dental implants, including cleaning solutions, adhesives, and replacement costs.
    In the average 25-year lifespan of dental implants, dentures need to be replaced 2 or 3 times, so the long-term cost difference may not be as big as it first seems. When comparing the cost of dental implants vs. dentures, you may also want to consider the social and emotional costs. Dentures can slip and cause embarrassment when you socialize. They can also result in a restricted chewing capacity, making it difficult to eat the foods you enjoy. Dental implants, on the other hand, look, feel, and function like natural teeth, so you can live, smile, and laugh worry-free. Although implants may require you to pay more up-front, they provide a priceless return on investment.


    Preventing bone loss in the jaw

    Dental implants are the only tooth-restoration solution that prevents bone loss in the jaw. Teeth roots have a symbiotic relationship with the jawbone.  The jaw holds the teeth in place and gives them the stability needed to bite and chew. The pressure from biting and chewing then stimulates the jawbone, promoting its health and growth. When a tooth falls out or is extracted, the jawbone immediately begins to deteriorate in that area.  If the tooth is not replaced, 25% of the bone is lost within the first year, and it continues to deteriorate further with time.  Dental implants feature a titanium post that’s surgically inserted into the jawbone, doing the same work as the natural tooth root. The implant post stimulates jawbone growth and provides the stability needed to restore normal chewing capacity. Because dentures don’t replace the root of the tooth the way implants do, they result in jawbone loss, which ultimately leads to a change in facial structure. Dental implants help promote jawbone health, supporting your facial structure so you continue to look like you.


    Fit, function, and feeling

    One of the biggest perks of dental implants is that you can forget about them as you go about your everyday life. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth, and as long as you maintain your oral hygiene, visit your dentist regularly, and make healthy lifestyle choices, your dental implants will quietly perform their crucial functions for the long term. At University Dental, we’re committed to your comfort and satisfaction with your dental implants. By using the latest in dental technology to strategically plan your dental implant treatment down to one-tenth of a millimeter, Dr. Hage is able to place the implants for a perfect fit. He approaches every implant procedure with expert precision and care, resulting in a strong and durable anchor that will enhance your chewing ability. Our state-of-the-art dental tools and fabrication equipment enable us to provide you with the most natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing dental implants. No one will know they’re not your natural teeth unless you tell them.


    Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?


    Which is right for me: implants or dentures?

    Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement options, but they may not be for everyone. If dental surgery is not an option or if you’re looking for a quick tooth-replacement solution, dentures might be a better choice. If you’re trying to decide between dentures and dental implants, here are a few things to consider:

    • Surgery
      • Dentures do not require surgery
      • Dental implants involve minor surgery
    • Cost
      • Dentures are more budget-friendly upfront
      • Dental implants can be pricey on the front end
    • Time
      • Dentures can be ready in 2-6 weeks
      • The dental implant process takes 6 months to a year to complete
    • Daily care
      • Dentures require specialized adhesives and cleaning products
      • Dental implants only need to be brushed and flossed like natural teeth
    • Permanence
      • Dentures can be removed
      • Dental implants are permanent
    • Longevity
      • Dentures need to be replaced in 5-10 years
      • Dental implants can last 25 years or more

    The decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants or dentures will also depend on whether you have sufficient jawbone density for supporting the implants. If you don’t, a bone graft can help.  When you come in for a consultation at University Dental, Dr. Hage will perform an evaluation and discuss your options with you.

    Permanent Dentures and Dental Implants at University Dental

    If you have missing or damaged teeth, the dental implant experts at University Dental in San Diego can help you decide which type of replacement tooth is best for your specific needs. During a dental implant consultation, a specialist will observe your mouth, x-rays, and dental records to determine whether permanent dentures or dental implants are the best option moving forward. If you are interested in learning more about the difference between permanent dentures and dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, contact University Dental in San Diego today by calling (619) 473-2565.