A staggering 1 in 4 adults aged 65 or older has eight or fewer teeth. Tooth loss can have many negative impacts on overall health, including the inability to eat a balanced diet of fruits, meats, and vegetables.
The positive? If you suffer from tooth loss, there are options that can get your mouth back to a healthy state — dental implants, dentures, and more. Access Dental is here to help guide the best options for you and your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Simply put, dental implants are prosthetic dental roots and teeth. Dental implants are available to replace one or more teeth that are currently decaying or have fallen out. With screw-like implants capped with crowns, dental implants look and function like natural teeth.
Before your procedure, you will have multiple appointments to prepare for your operations. These appointments will cover your initial consultation and any dental work you need to complete before the procedure, such as wisdom tooth extractions. Your dental team will also get x-rays and molds of your mouth so that the implants directly mimic your natural teeth.
When your dental implants are ready, placing them can occur over one or more procedures, depending on if you get a semi or complete set.
To ease pain or uncomfortableness, you will receive local IV sedation or local anesthesia. The dentist will make a small incision in your gums and place the titanium implant.
What are Dentures?
On the other hand, dentures are removable replacements for damaged tissue and missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth that are damaged or missing, you may be a candidate for partial or complete dentures.
The two most common types of dentures are:
These dentures are given the same day as teeth removal and can be either a complete set or partial set. Your preliminary visit will cover models of your teeth and jaws so that there is no overlap without teeth during your healing period.
These dentures are fully removable and take place after gums have healed from tooth extraction. This process may take several months.
There is no “one size fits all” for the pricing of dental implants or dentures. It would be best if you considered other dental costs related to the procedures that would prepare your mouth for either, including:
- Potential teeth extractions
- Tissue conditioning
- Additional dental exams
- 3D imaging
Dental Insurance & Out-of-Pocket Costs
Most dental plans will cover a percentage of the denture costs. Dental insurance plans are tiered with a 100-80-50 structure. For example, preventative care coverage is 100%, basic procedures are 80%, and major procedures are 50%.
Dentures are considered major procedures by most dental insurance providers and thus are partially covered. It is important to note that you must meet your dental deductible – and you should consult your dental insurance provider and plan for specific coverage.
In contrast, dental implants are considered cosmetic surgery. Because of this, coverage typically does not occur. Most dentists, however, offer financing options or accept dental savings plans Access Dental offers free consultations, personalized financing solutions, and honest, upfront pricing.
Recovery Process & Times
Your dentist will give you a clear path for recovery for both dental implants and dentures. Recovery often includes prescription medications to prevent infection, rest, and a restricted diet.
For dental implants, osseointegration must occur before you heal completely. This process refers to the dental implant becoming a part of your jaw by cells growing up and around the implant. This entire process can take anywhere from six weeks to six months.
Those who get dentures can typically eat and talk within 15-30 days after the procedure.
Whether you receive dentures or dental implants, both require positive oral hygiene practices and maintenance. Dental implants should be brushed twice daily with soft bristles. Additionally, we recommend flossing and using an interdental brush.
You can remove dentures from the mouth, but they require more cleaning. After eating, both your dentures and mouth should be rinsed. Additionally, dentures should be taken out and soaked overnight.
What is the Right Choice for You?
Everyone’s situation is different, so our team at Access Dental will schedule a consultation with you to discuss your options.
Whatever you decide, we are here to support your journey! Here are four advantages of both dental implants and dentures from our professionals:
- Durability: both dentures and dental implants are incredibly durable and will support your natural mouth structure.
- Comfort: because implants are permanent fixtures, they function like your natural teeth. As your mouth becomes comfortable with the feel, you will forget you have them all together. Modern dentures are created to be comfortable and fit perfectly in your mouth.
- Improve your quality of life: you will not have to relearn how to pronounce certain words or give up your “hard to bite” foods after full recovery.
- Prevent bone loss: your facial structure will be maintained, preventing jawbone mass loss.
Creating Healthy & Beautiful Smiles at Access Dental
If you are ready to start your smile journey, the team of dental professionals at Access Dental is here to deliver treatment and plans customized to your needs.
We are available for same-day appointments and offer free consultations. For compassionate and personalized care in Clifton and Union, call us today at (973) 358-6266 or contact us online.