Which Is a Better Tooth Replacement: Dentures vs. Dental Implants?

Brunette woman smiles after receiving a tooth replacement in Las Cruces, NM

Whether you have one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, you may feel self-conscious and experience difficulty eating, talking, and smiling with confidence.

Fortunately, at Las Cruces Dental Solutions we offer several tooth replacement solutions, including dentures and dental implants. They both improve your appearance, prevent your teeth from shifting out of their proper places, and can allow you to chew and speak normally.

So which option is better? It depends on your preferences and budget.

Price

The cost of dentures, for either a partial or a full set, is less than the cost of dental implants. It will depend on your specific dental insurance plan whether it covers a portion of the cost of dentures or dental implants.

At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we aim to provide high-quality dental care that is affordable for our patients. We offer a variety of payment options, including cash, checks, debit and most major credit cards, in-house flexible financing, and payment plans through CareCredit and Compassionate Health Care Services®. A payment plan can make dental implants more accessible since you pay off the cost with manageable monthly payments.

Appearance

Both dentures and dental implants fill in the gaps from missing teeth and resemble the luster of natural teeth.

Longevity

While dentures can last many years with proper care, dental implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement solution. Therefore, you will need to replace dentures sooner than if you would have dental implants. For some people, implants can last the rest of their lives.

Care

Dental implants require surgery and a period of healing. During this time, you’ll need to follow our specific care instructions to promote a smooth healing process. But after the implant has fused with your jawbone and your gum tissue has healed, we can top it with your chosen restoration and you can brush and floss like normal.

With removable dentures, you need a special cleaning solution and toothpaste. Full dentures (that aren’t stabilized with dental implants) require an adhesive to keep them in place.

Comfort

If you have fixed dentures or implants, you won’t need to take them out of your mouth and they won’t slide. Implants are firmly anchored in your jawbone so they feel the most like natural teeth and will prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.

If you have removable dentures, they can move around if not adhered to your gums with a strong adhesive. Poor-fitting dentures can irritate your gum tissue and cause discomfort.

Tooth Replacement in Las Cruces, NM

Both dentures and dental implants can replace your missing teeth and each solution has its pros and cons! At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we offer both options and can help you determine which is right for your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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