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Why Dentures and Implants May Be Your Best Option

Posted on 1/13/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental implant works.
When you lose your teeth, many of your daily functions are greatly impacted. Your ability to eat and speak are affected. Without teeth, your jawbone begins to reabsorb, changing the shape of your face, giving you an aged appearance.

Two options for dealing with tooth loss are dentures and implants. But having both may be your best option.


Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that are supported by your gums. Denture adhesive holds them in place. They are created from a mold of your jaw, and match your natural teeth quite well. Because they don't stimulate your bone, your jaw may still continue to change shape, meaning that you will need to be refitted for a new bridge after a while.

Dental Implants

Implants are titanium rods that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. These rods, which fuse to the bone as you heal, act as the anchor that holds a bridge of prosthetic teeth, which can be permanent or removable. The healing time for implants can be as long as 12 weeks, but because the rods are in the jaw, they can slow and even stop the reabsorption of the bone, preserving its integrity.

Save Money
If you are looking at dental implants, the cost may be a deterrent. Implants on both the top and bottom arches can cost on average about $34,000, although it can get cost as much as $95,000. Dentures are a more affordable option, but you may not want to have to deal with the hassle of removing them every night and putting them in every morning. Having one bridge of dentures and another of implants can be a big burden off of your wallet.

Less Slipping
One of the biggest complaints about dentures is that they tend to slip out of place when eating or speaking. The bottom bridge is the biggest offender of this. Therefore, having a bridge of implants on your bottom jaw can prevent a lot of that embarrassing slipping out of place.

Less Surgery
You may shy away from implants because it requires surgery, and a lengthy recovery process. Having only one arch done cuts down on the amount of surgery you will need and can result in a shorter recovery period.

If you need prosthetic teeth, getting both a bridge of dentures as well as a bridge of implants may be your best option. Contact our office to learn more.

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