Dentures and dental bridges are a traditional, tried and true tooth replacement solution, but more and more patients are making the switch to dental implants in Lincoln, NE. Dental implants now offer a few more advantages that are beginning to overshadow dentures and bridges, and patients are taking notice. Let’s take a look at just a few of the reasons that patients are switching to implants, or why they choose implants over dentures or bridges when it comes to a tooth replacement treatment.
Dentures: The cost of a set of dentures can cost upwards in the thousands, depending on how many teeth in the denture, the quality of the material, and more. In addition, dentures do need replacing over time, costing you even more.
Dental Bridges: Similarly to dentures, dental bridges are a quicker solution to solving tooth loss, but can be costly over time when you need them replaced. They are also limited in how big the bridge can be.
Dental Implants: Some patients are surprised to find that the cost of a dental implant is not as different, but offers a much more longevity on average. This makes dental implants the most likely option for those looking for a one-time commitment.
Dentures: Full or partial dentures are purposely removable, but in doing so can undergo a lot of wear and tear over the years, especially with all the manual cleaning. While some dentures can last a while, on average dentures can last between 5 and 10 years before needing replacement.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges have an average lifespan of 5 to 10 years as well, but that time can be reduced depending on your oral health underneath the bridge. Since it’s not an implant, it does not undergo osseointegration and is susceptible to natural impacts like bite pressure, hard foods, and more.
Dental Implants: On average, dental implants have lasted for 10 to 15 years or more, so long as proper care and maintenance is performed. Patients may find this option more appealing, as it requires fewer appointments, less money, and limited replacements in their lifetime.
Dentures: Dentures may feel bulky or aren’t crafted to perfectly match the rest of your natural smile. This can change the way a patient eats, speaks, and sees themselves. While it’s a good temporary solution, it can be embarrassing if your denture slips off during meals or casual conversation.
Dental Bridges: A dental bridge can be customized to look and feel natural. However, the process requires the filing down of the neighboring teeth in order to anchor the bridge. If that bridge is ever damaged or must be removed, you cannot gain that enamel back.
Dental Implants: Since dental implants are directly embedded into the jawbone, they are often looked at and mistaken for real teeth. We go to great lengths to ensure that your porcelain crown looks and feels realistic. It helps to make our patients feel more confident about their smile.
Dentures: Dentures may feel secure at first, but over time they can become loose-fitting, or even fall out during talking and eating.
Dental Bridges: Since dental implants depend on the neighboring teeth for support, the strength of the bridge will last as long as these supporting teeth do. Just as with dental implants, bridges can withstand many of your favorite foods, but certain foods like nuts or ice cubes should be approached with caution.
Dental Implants: These permanent fixtures are placed into the jawbone, and cannot be removed. This creates a durability that can’t be matched by most tooth replacement treatments, and allows patients to enjoy their favorite foods again.
Did you recently lose a tooth, or are considering finding a new treatment other than dentures or bridges? Look no further than dental implants with Dr. Hoffman for your tooth replacement needs. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with Dr. Hoffman, where he’ll help you decide your treatment path.
827 S. 48th St.
Lincoln, NE 68510
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