Dental Implants vs Dentures

New Patients: We’re pleased to offer free sedation in the month of February. Call our office for more details, (303) 323-8149.

If you have one or more missing teeth and would like to restore your smile, dental implants and dentures are two of your many options.

While dentures have been around for centuries (George Washington had a set of false teeth!), dental implants are a relatively new innovation in the rapidly advancing field of dentistry.

Dentures are removable sets of teeth that can be placed in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws. Today’s dentures are far more comfortable and attractive than those of yesteryear.

Dental implants have been widely used in dentistry for over 30 years, and with each passing year, the materials and techniques seem to continue to improve. Dental implants are posts that are imbedded into your jawbone, to which replacement teeth (crowns) are attached. Implants are permanent fixtures, which can last decades with proper care and good dental hygiene.

Sedation options and 3D imaging for dental implants offer a high level of precision and comfort.  We are proud to offer both in our office for our dental implant patients.

Most people who choose dentures over implants do so because of the lower cost. However, dentures don’t look or feel as natural as dental implants. Also, you have to regularly remove and clean dentures, and sometimes people have trouble speaking and eating with dentures.

The major advantages to dental implants (as compared to dentures) include:
•appearance – they look more natural
•comfort – implants don’t slip around or click, like dentures can
•diet – you’re able to eat most types of foods
•care – you just have to brush and floss regularly
•keep your other healthy teeth – you can replace a tooth at a time with implants
•durability – dental implants can last for decades, with proper oral hygiene

There are also those instances in which we can combine dental implants and partial dentures – using the dental implants to anchor the dentures.

If you’re considering having dentures made, before you take that life-changing step, come in for a free consultation (which includes a 3D digital X-ray). During your consultation, we can talk about your dental health, your overall health, your goals for your new smile, and more.

Whichever route you decide to go, we offer sedation dentistry to make the treatments easier. We are one of the few dental offices in Colorado to provide three levels of sedation: IV sedation, conscious sedation (oral sedation), and nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

If you are in need of dental implants or dentures and your anxiety has been stopping you from moving forward, we get it and we are here to help you.  We can also assist if you have broken dentures.

Please contact us here at (303) 323-8149, or e-mail if you have further questions about dental implants and dentures or would like to schedule an appointment with us.

Please make note: Both of our dentists – Dr. O’Leary and Dr. Peppler – are experienced sedation dentists. We’re located in Lone Tree, Colorado, off of Quebec and C-470, near Park Meadows Mall. We accept most types of dental insurance, and are in network for: Delta Dental, Aetna, United Concordia, and Assurant.