Dentures & Dental Implants: The Pros and Cons

Restorative Dentistry 1 in Waco, TX by Dr. Michael Thrasher of Hillcrest Dental Care

Missing teeth or failing teeth can take a major toll on your body and appearance. No one wants to have major gaps in their smile, and so our Waco TX dental office is offering elite tooth replacement options.

Hillcrest Dental Care is ready to meet your smile goals and restore function back to your mouth. If you have several failing or missing teeth, a full-mouth reconstruction might be something to consider. We can meet with you and provide many ways to give you a better, beautiful smile. Give us a call today at 254-400-2868 to schedule a visit.  

Today we want to discuss two main full-mouth reconstruction options: Dentures and dental implants. Dentures are by far the most common way to replace teeth, but many people are now turning to dental implants because of the better function. Let’s look at the pros and cons of these tooth replacement options.

The Pros of Dentures

  • Dentures are the most common way to replace missing teeth.
  • Dentures are often the least expensive way to replace missing teeth
  • A good set of dentures can fill out the face
  • Dentures can replacing a few missing teeth or all of your natural teeth

The Cons of Dentures

  • Dentures are not as strong as natural teeth. Studies have found that dentures only supply about 25 to 50 percent of the strength of natural teeth
  • Dentures can shift around in the mouth
  • Dentures can create sores in the mouth
  • Dentures can warp or break over time

As you can see, dentures are the cheapest option, but the function just doesn’t come close to the power of natural teeth. You can maintain a good fit with proper care or even relining your dentures.

The Pros of Dental Implants

  • Implants nearly have the strength of your natural teeth
  • Implants merge with the jawbone and stop jawbone recession
  • Implants can be placed with a 98 percent success rate.
  • Implants can last forever with proper care
  • Implants can be restored with a crown, bridge, or full arch of new permanent teeth

The Cons of Dental Implants

  • Implant placement is much more expensive than dentures
  • The implant can take about three to four months to heal with the bone
  • Implants procedure is often not covered by insurance

These are just the high and low points of dentures and dental implants. We’re guessing you still have a ton of questions about this. We’re here to answer those questions. Replacing teeth is a major change, and you need to understand every aspect of the treatment before investing your time and money.

So give us a call today at 254-400-2868 to schedule your first consultation. Or maybe you need a second opinion. We’ll help you find the treatment that perfect smile.

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