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Are you at the point in your life where you’re considering getting a set of dentures? If you are, you’re certainly not alone. Sooner or later, most people wind up needing them. After all, time takes its toll on our teeth.
The problem is that although lots of people wear dentures, not many people will say they love them. They are problematic for a number of reasons. Have you considered the alternative of affordable teeth implants in Annandale, VA?
If you’re like many people, you may scoff at that phrase: ‘Affordable teeth implants in Annandale, VA.’ After all, you’ve probably done at least a bit of research, and they sure seem a lot more expensive than dentures.
That’s true, but only on the surface. When you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover that they’re really not as expensive as you may have first been led to believe. In this article, we’ll explore how and why that is.
Let’s start by taking a look at the pros and cons associated with dentures and implants to see what the strengths of each option are.
If you opt for dentures over affordable teeth implants in Annandale, VA, then you’re going to have to resign yourself to outright avoiding certain foods. Potato chips, nachos, and nuts are mostly out. When you chew these, they’re going to break up into tiny pieces with jagged edges, and when that happens, some of those pieces will wind up working their way between your gums and your dentures.
Once there, they’ll agitate and inflame your gums, causing tremendous discomfort, no matter what your pain threshold is. Most people try eating those types of things once or twice and then simply give up.
You’ll also have to say goodbye to corn on the cob. That’s because the only thing holding your dentures in your head is a weak adhesive and the bite force required to pull corn from the cob while you’re eating it is also sufficient in many cases to break the fragile bond keeping your dentures in place. In other words, take a bite out of that cob, and your dentures are likely to be pulled right out of your head, which is uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Affordable teeth implants in Annandale, VA don’t suffer from that limitation. They’re a permanent fixture in your mouth so you won’t have to worry about food restrictions.
Dentures tend to be incredibly high maintenance. Every night you’ll have to take them out and drop them into a glass filled with cleaning solution. If you forget, your gums will give you a painful reminder. You’re not likely to forget twice!
Implants are low maintenance. There’s nothing special for you to do. You simply brush and floss as you normally would.
Here’s an area where dentures come out ahead. Getting a set of dentures simply requires an office visit to be fitted for them. There’s no invasive procedure necessary.
Implants can’t boast that. Getting implants installed in your head requires surgery, which will see you knocked out for the duration of the procedure. There will be some pain involved in the recovery from that, so it’s something to be aware of if you decide to go that route.
Again, implants come out ahead here. Implants are designed to last a lifetime. In fact, they’ll most likely outlast you! Contrast that with dentures, which even under the best of conditions will only last a year or two, and then you’ll have to go back and get fitted for another set.
This brings us back around to the issue of cost. What most people wind up doing is comparing one set of dentures with the total cost of implants. That’s not really a fair comparison, because again, remember that you’ll need to trudge back to the dentist to be fitted for a new set of dentures every year or two.
With that in mind, the more appropriate comparison would be to figure out how many sets of dentures you’re likely to need over the course of your life and add in some amount to cover the cost of the time you spend scheduling the appointments, and the time you’ll spend maintaining those fragile dentures. When you do that, the costs begin to come into alignment.
There’s another thing to consider here too though. Insurance. Many dental insurance carriers offer coverage for dentures, which minimizes your out of pocket costs. Most dental insurance plans view implants as a cosmetic addition, which they won’t cover.
Note however, that some dental plans do have coverage provisions for implants, so the first thing we recommend is to check your plan to see whether or not implants are covered. If they are, it’s a no-brainer. Implants are superior in almost every way, so if your plan covers them, it just makes sense to go with the more permanent solution.
If your plan doesn’t offer coverage provisions for implants, if you still want them, you’ll obviously need to provide the funds to cover the cost, but you’re getting a vastly superior product.
At the end of the day, it comes down to which solution works best for you. If you can live with the limitations of dentures and don’t mind making repeated trips to the dentist’s office to get additional sets as needed, then they’ll cost you less money out of pocket, but will see you saddled with higher ongoing upkeep.
If you don’t mind spending more upfront, implants will provide you with a durable, long lasting solution. Whichever option you choose, we can help. When you’ve made your decision, just give our office a call.