Dental Implants vs Dentures

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, our patients are always asking about the pros and cons of dental implants vs dentures, and which is more appropriate in the long run. Since each person’s situation is unique, we’re happy to review these options during a no-charge consultation here in our Suffolk County office.

Dentures and dental implants both have their benefits and disadvantages, which will depend greatly on the health of your teeth and gums. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two.

Dental implants vs dentures

Major advances in cosmetic dentistry are providing more affordable and comfortable solutions for temporary and permanent tooth replacement.  Whether you decide on same day implants or dentures, both can help address the problems and discomfort associated with missing teeth, gum disease and tooth decay.

Advantages of dentures

  • Cost effective
  • Non-invasive procedure, with no surgery required
  • Tooth replacement, whether upper or lower jaw, is fast and easy
  • Adjacent teeth are not affected 

Drawbacks of dentures

  • Less costly, but usually less effective in the long-term
  • Requires creams and adhesives
  • May not feel natural
  • Unstable and prone to slipping
  • Decreases bone quality
  • Requires daily maintenance
  • Will eventually need to be relined 

Dental implant advantages over dentures

  • Look and function more like natural teeth
  • No need for messy adhesives
  • Preserves bone and deters additional bone loss
  • Permanently fixed and will never loosen
  • Maintains jawbone integrity
  • Allows patients to eat all foods
  • More comfortable and secure
  • Can last more than 25 years

A dental implant is a permanent prosthesis affixed to a titanium post, which replaces a missing tooth in the upper or lower jaw.  While more expensive than dentures or other types of tooth replacement, their advantages are many. Individuals who are suffering the detrimental emotional and physical effects of tooth loss are often excellent candidates for this innovative cosmetic dentistry.

Dental implants are repeatedly viewed as the best tooth replacement option for patients who want to avoid the embarrassment and hassle of removable dentures or bridges. Partial and full dentures typically need replacement every 8 to 15 years, compared to implants which can last a lifetime.

Speak with a Long Island cosmetic dentist

Many patients are concerned about the cost of dental implants and resort to dentures based solely on price. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Elliott and Dr. Nick offer flexible payment plans for all types of cosmetic and general dentistry treatments, making dental implants an affordable solution. And be sure to ask us about our revolutionary All on 4 implants, which can give you a beautiful smile in just one day!

If you’re ready to regain a confident and radiant smile and would like to schedule a free consultation with a Long Island cosmetic dentist, please give us a call at (631) 744-5700.

Our conveniently located Rocky Point office serves clients throughout Central, Western and Eastern Suffolk County.

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