Denture Talk: Dental Implants vs Removable Prosthetics

When you are in need of replacing damaged or missing teeth, there are several types of dental replacements our dentists can offer you at Castle Rock Dental. These replacements fall into two basic categories — dental implants and removable prosthetics.

What Are Dental Implants And Removable Prosthetics

Dental implants are individually crafted replacement teeth. Each implant has a titanium post to act as the root of the tooth and the crown of the tooth is color-matched to your natural teeth to present an even and natural appearance.

This process can take weeks, as your jaw will need to heal from the implantation of the post. If there is other work needed, such as bone grafting for correct placement of the implant post, the dental implantation process will take even longer.

Removable dental prosthetics come in a wide variety, ranging from partial dentures to full dentures. One type of removable prosthetic even combines the usefulness of dental implants for implant-secured dentures, which are sturdy yet still removable.

The teeth which are placed into your removable prosthetic are shaped to fit your mouth comfortably and our dentists will consult you on the color of the new teeth in the prosthetic. Depending on the dental work needed beforehand, receiving a removable dental prosthetic can be a faster process than a dental implant.

Cost Differences Between Implants And Dental Prosthetics

Each person comes with their own dental considerations, so it can be difficult to nail down an average price for services like implants and dental prosthetics. Many times, the price will change as the patient requires extra work, such as tooth extractions, antibiotics, gum or bone grafting, and other measures before the actual implant or prosthetic is placed.

So, as you think about the average costs of these different dental options, be sure to keep those considerations in mind. As for the cost differences between dental implants and removable prosthetics, the costs can be quite variable.

  • Dental implants – One dental implant can range in price from $1,000 to $6,000. A dental implant can last you around 10-15 years or more with good care.
  • Full dentures – A full set of dentures can cost around $1,450. These dentures can last you around 5 to 8 years, as they can wear down over time and your gums can alter in shape as bone density is lost.
  • Partial dentures – Depending on the number of teeth needed to be added to the dentures, partial dentures can cost around $400. They will last around 5 years as they are not as structurally durable as implants or even full dentures.
  • Implant-secured dentures – The implant-secured dentures can cost around $16,000-$25,000 per jaw. Around every 2-4 years, the attaching portions will need replacing, though the cost of this is fairly minimal. Otherwise, similar to dental implants, implant secured-dentures should last you around 10 years.

There are many things to consider when it comes to needing to replace some or all of your teeth. Our dentists are highly experienced in all the above dental procedures and can help you determine which suits your situation best. Contact us today for an appointment so you can consult with one of our dentists on your best options.

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