Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Affordable Dentures

It’s not easy to lose your teeth. Finding affordable tooth replacement options can be difficult. We also know it can be embarrassing to go for any length of time without teeth. Whether you’re looking at dental implants, dentures, or other options, we understand your pain.

So, what can you do?

Luckily for you, Preserve Family Dentistry has a handful of options to offer. We’ve got you covered for everything from affordable dentistry options to tooth replacement.



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The Main Types of Tooth Replacements

While there are many different approaches to tooth replacement, it’s ideal to know the options that are out there first. In general, we offer two main types of whole-mouth tooth replacement options: implants and dentures. When comparing the two, we can see many obvious differences. However, it’s important that you take a deeper look.

Types of Dentures

Dentures are a removable set of false teeth. Patients only wear dentures part-time. In other words, patients have to remove them for at least a portion of the day. Dentures can be partial or complete, but they’re always removable and require cleaning outside of a person’s mouth.

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Removable partial dentures are widely used to replace a small gap of missing teeth surrounding any remaining natural teeth. They use a person’s natural teeth as abutments to prop the denture up over the gap. Although they fill in the gap where teeth once were, partials must be removed and cleaned daily.

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Affordable Dentures

Conventional affordable dentures (or full dentures) make up the entirety of a person’s mouth or at least one full jaw of teeth. Similar to removable partial dentures, conventional affordable dentures must be removed and cleaned daily. These include two separate denture arches; one each for the top and bottom jaws. It’s also possible to get a complete denture on just one jaw, but it’s more common to have both. Unlike partials, complete dentures rest on top of a person’s gums.

As you probably realize, a person’s needs will often dictate the kind of dentures they will need. If you’ve decided on dentures, you’ll have to converse with your dentist about what option will be necessary for you.

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Retained Dentures

An overdenture or an implant denture is a removable implant retained denture that snaps onto implant attachments. It is considered the standard of care for a lower denture.  The main advantage of implants is that they keep the denture in place and they preserve the lower bone from resorbing over time.  This type of denture is custom made for your mouth and takes several appointments to fabricate the denture.

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Pros and Cons of Conventional Affordable Dentures

Before we get ahead of ourselves with choosing options, let’s take a look at what dentures have to offer.
It’s important to remember that dentures, like any other dental treatment, has benefits and drawbacks.

Benefits of Conventional Affordable Dentures

Conventional affordable dentures are the cheapest tooth replacement option, especially for those who need to replace many teeth.

 Creating dentures is convenient, easy and does not require any kind of surgery.

Easy to Fix
It isn’t hard to make minor adjustments or fixes to conventional affordable dentures.

Drawbacks of Conventional Affordable Dentures

Less Natural In Appearance
Conventional affordable dentures don’t look nearly as natural as some other tooth replacement options.

Awkward To Wear
Conventional affordable dentures often click around in a person’s mouth. This can make it hard to eat and present awkward social situations for the wearer.

Require Removal Often
Conventional affordable dentures aren’t meant to be worn full-time, the wearer must take them out and leave them out for a time. The wearer must also clean them and keep them stored in a particular cleaning solution.

Prohibit Certain Foods
With conventional affordable dentures, wearers can only eat certain foods.

Easy to Break
Although they’re easy to fix, they’re also easy to break. With conventional affordable dentures, dentists will need to perform lots of maintenance over time. You’ll also need to replace them often.

No Prevention of Bone Loss
When you lose your teeth, it causes your jawbones to deteriorate over time. With conventional affordable dentures, this bone loss will still occur over time.

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Pros and Cons of Dental Implants for Implant Dentures

Dental implants consist of posts which dentists surgically mount onto your jawbone. These implants become fixed in
your mouth, unlike conventional affordable dentures. Here are some pros and cons of dental implants for Implant dentures.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Implant Dentures

Natural Appearance
Implants look almost identical to real teeth. We’re able to match your gum color and place them in a way that they appear totally natural.

Comfortable, Easy To Get Used To
Unlike conventional affordable dentures, implants help to make an Implant Dentures stable and comfortable inside a person’s mouth.

You’ll never need to remove implants. Instead, you simply clean them by brushing and flossing, like with real teeth.

Limitless Food Options
While conventional affordable dentures limit what foods you can eat, implant dentures allow you to enjoy your favorite foods.

Fortify Bone Structure
Overall, Implant dentures are much more healthy for your jawbones. They’ll prevent bone loss from happening, just as real teeth would.

Drawbacks of Dental Implants for Implant Dentures

More Costly
Implants Dentures are typically more expensive than conventional affordable dentures.

Require Surgical Placement
Implants for an implant retained denture do require a procedure, whereas conventional affordable dentures only need to be fabricated.

While it can seem intimidating, modern technology has made the process of placing dental implants significantly less invasive than in the past. At Preserve Family Dentistry, we offer a state of the art procedure called Hybrid Prosthesis. It’s also sometimes called “teeth in one day” or an “all on four implants.” We work with Nebraska Facial and Oral Surgery to place permanent implants, so you won’t need to remove them. Instead, you’ll brush and floss just like real teeth. The dentists will make your smile appear supremely realistic. Along with that, you’ll get used to your implants in no time.

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Cost of Dental Implants ( Implant Dentures) vs. Conventional Affordable Dentures

We’ve established that Implant Dentures are more expensive than conventional affordable dentures, but to what extent?
To answer this question, it’s important to think about the short term as well as the long term.

Cost of a Conventional Denture

For a single arch of teeth, the cost of a conventional affordable denture falls between $300 and $500.  Most dentures include a limited warranty, a particular, pre-fabricated size, and a shorter lifetime.

Instead, high-quality cosmetic dentures use high quality materials and tend to cost about $2,000 per arch. This cost usually includes follow-up visits. These follow-ups help the dentist give you a completely custom smile with a perfect fit and 10 years of warranty time.

Cost of Partial Dentures

The cost of removable partial dentures can be as low as $300 to $500, but most fall between $700 and $1,800. However, those with metal framework can expect to pay as much as $2,500.

Cost of Implant Dentures

If you’re hoping to replace both the upper and lower economy denture with implant dentures, it may cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8000. While they may seem like a lot, dental implants are always worth it in the long run. Remember that many, if not all of your teeth will be replaced in this process, leaving you with a full set of teeth.

Check out the “What is the difference between hybrid prosthesis and dentures” video.

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Looking for Dental Payment Plans?

Find out about Care Credit

Additionally, we offer payment plans of our own. We take American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, and check. We believe patients shouldn’t be limited by what they can afford. That’s why we work so hard to offer affordable dental care. If you have questions about payment options, feel free to give us a call.

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Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Affordable Dentures: What’s The Verdict?

While the choice is ultimately yours, we do recommend implant dentures over conventional affordable dentures, especially for our younger patients. We understand that implants are more costly upfront. But we believe the benefits significantly outweigh those of conventional affordable dentures.

However, we do offer all dentures, and we’re glad to help you with whatever you choose! Set up your free consultation today and we’ll be glad to talk through the options with you.

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Our location is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.

At any of NFD locations, you can find compassionate care from professionals that strive to provide excellent dental treatment to every patient. In everything we do, comfort, satisfaction, and quality dental work are our standards. To contact our East Lincoln, call Preserve Family Dentistry at 402-412-7000.

Nebraska Family Dentistry has dental clinic locations in all parts of Lincoln! Choose “near me dentist” location that is convenient for you.