Dentures vs. Full-Mouth Implants
Traditional dentures and full-mouth dental implants offer similar visual results but differ in actual implantation. It's important to know the differences so you can make an informed decision about which one is the best fit for you.
Pros of Full-Mouth Dental Implants
- Natural Feel. Compared to other tooth replacement options, full-mouth dental implants feel the most natural. With permanent implants, there is no way for them to move around like traditional dentures, making them the most comfortable option.
- Durable material. Full-mouth dental implants are made with titanium which makes them exceptionally durable. Data has shown that they can last for 20 years or even longer with proper care.
- No diet restrictions. Seriously, none! You can eat all of your favorite foods with comfort and ease. We do advise against habits such as chewing ice, but we advise against that with natural teeth as well.
- Not removed from the mouth. No more having to worry about your dentures falling out when speaking or leaving them on your bedside table at night. With full-mouth dental implants, you’ll barely remember they’re not your real teeth.
Cons of Full-Mouth Dental Implants
- Difficult to clean. Though your new teeth will not be able to get cavities, it’s still important that you practice excellent oral hygiene. It can be difficult to clean underneath the arch, the use of a water flosser makes it much easier.
- Requires maintenance. You will still need to come in for regular dental checkups so that we can ensure everything looks good with your implants. We will likely remove them once per year for a deep clean and to assess gum health.
- More expensive. It’s true, full mouth dental implants are the most expensive option for teeth replacement. The quality, however, is vastly better than traditional dentures and the implants will last much longer. Additionally, there are many financing options that can make them more affordable.
Pros of Traditional Dentures
- Least expensive. Traditional dentures are the inexpensive tooth replacement option – at least at first. Dentures require regular maintenance and repair, therefore they need to be replaced every 7-10 years.
- Visually Attractive. Dentures can look very nice. They can vastly improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Cons of Traditional Dentures
- Difficult to eat. With dentures, you may need to avoid eating some of your favorite foods. Since traditional dentures are not secured in place, they will move around when you bite and chew. This can cause discomfort for patients and force them to cut certain foods out of their diet.
- Loss of taste. Since dentures cover the roof of your mouth, they can cause a reduced sense of taste. In addition, they can cause a reduced ability to sense temperature. This could potentially lead to a burn injury.
- Gum and bone loss. Over time, you will see significant gum and bone loss. This causes skin sagging, facial drooping, and the appearance of premature aging.
- Bulky. Many people with dentures complain that they feel bulky in their mouths. This can cause long-term discomfort.
- Need repair. Dentures are not made of a durable material like full-mouth dental implants are. This will most likely lead to many repairs due to accidental damage and normal wear and tear.
What is the Difference Between Dentures and Full Mouth Dental Implants?
The key differences between the two options come down to comfortability, durability, convenience, and price. After comparison, full-mouth dental implants are the most likely to satisfy your needs. They are a financial investment but will stand the test of time to make them worth it. If you have any additional questions about traditional dentures or full-mouth denture implants, reach out to our office and we will be happy to answer any questions.Contact Warwick Dental