Sooner or later, the day comes when most people reach a point where they have to start thinking about dentures or partials. It’s unfortunate, but time takes its toll on our teeth.
Dentures are one of the most common dental appliances out there, but as common as they are, you won’t find too many people who sing their praises.
At first, that may seem like a bit of contradiction. After all, if so many people have them, why don’t they love them, and more to the point, why are they buying something they don’t really like? Isn’t there a better alternative available?
Those are all fair questions, and the answer ultimately comes down to money. Dentures are common because most dental insurance plans offer coverage provisions that help defray their cost, so despite the fact that they’ve got a ton of shortcomings, they tend to be widely used.
Even so, many people have begun gravitating toward Burke, Va implant dentistry in recent years. In every way except cost, implants represent the far superior option. There’s just no contest.
To give you some idea of how much better implants are, and why Burke, Va implant dentistry is so attractive to some people, let’s look at the two side by side, comparing implants vs. dentures. When we do, we find the following:
- Dentures are very fragile. Best case scenario, they’ll last you a year, maybe two. Implants on the other hand, are permanent and built to last a lifetime.
- Dentures are high maintenance. Every night, you’ve got to take them out and drop them into a glass of cleaning solution. If you forget, your gums will give you a painful reminder. Implants are low maintenance. There’s nothing to do but brush and floss normally.
- Dentures will restrict your diet, because certain foods will tend to get stuck between your dentures and your gums, causing painful inflammation. In some cases, like eating corn on the cobb, the dentures just aren’t strong enough, and will get pulled right out of your head. None of that applies to implants. Eat what you want. Your implants are stronger than your regular teeth.
- Dentures also impact your speech patterns, causing many people who wear them to speak with a slight lisp. Implants don’t.
Given the above, it’s easy to see why so many people are interested in Burke, Va implant dentistry, but there’s one very big catch.
Most dental insurance plans don’t offer any coverage provisions for implants, because they’re seen as a cosmetic device, which means your out of pocket costs will be quite high, since you’ll be bearing the full cost of the implants.
It’s worth calling your insurance company to check though, because if your policy does cover implants, the choice is an easy one.
So which one is right for you? If you’re still not sure, give our office a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.