Implants are far and away superior to dentures, which raises an interesting question:  Why doesn’t everybody avail themselves of our Falls Church, Va implant dentistry services and just forget about dentures?

It’s a fair question and the answer comes down to money.  While dentures have more than their share of problems and limitations, they’re also inexpensive.  They’re inexpensive because most dental insurance plans have coverage provisions that defray some, or even most of their cost.

Falls Church, Va implant dentistry, on the other hand, is considered cosmetic.  As such, few dental plans will cover it, which means you’ll have to bear the entire cost of your implants if you want them.  It’s worth calling to ask your insurance carrier though, because if they do cover Falls Church, Va implant dentistry, then it’s no contest.  Implants are the superior option, by far.

But hold on – maybe we’re not being fair to dentures and partials, so let’s do a side by side comparison and see how the two choices stack up against each other:

  • Dentures will restrict your diet.  There’s no way around it. Foods like popcorn or chips and salsa are off limits because they’ll break down into tiny, sharp-edged particles in your mouth.  These particles will invariably wind up finding their way between your dentures and your gums, causing painful inflammation.

    Foods like corn on the cobb are out, but for a different reason.  The only thing keeping your dentures in your mouth is a weak adhesive that bonds it to your gums temporarily.  When you bite down on a corn cobb, you’re likely to pull your dentures right out of your head. Those kinds of issues never happen with implants.
  • Dentures will also impact your speech patterns and may even fall out when you least expect it.  Implants don’t affect your speech patterns, and if an implant falls out, you’ve got much bigger problems than the loss of a tooth.
  • Dentures are incredibly fragile and high maintenance.  Every night, you’ll have to remember to take them out and put them in a glass of cleaning solution.  If you forget, your gums will remind you – painfully. On top of that, if you’re lucky and very careful with them, you can expect dentures to last a year, maybe two.  Then you’ll have to get another set.
    Implants are low maintenance.  Just brush and floss as you normally would.  They’re also built to last a lifetime, so you will only have to get them once.

As we said, in every way except for the matter of cost, implants are the superior choice, but if you don’t have the money for them, dentures are a decent, cost-effective solution despite their limitations.

So which one is right for you?  If you’re still undecided, give our office a call.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have, and when you’ve decided which way you want to go, we’ll be more than happy to help!