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Advantages of Permanent Dentures

When it comes to replacing teeth with dentures in Santa Cruz, California, you can compare two main options: removable or permanent dentures. Removable dentures are the affordable, traditional choice, but since they’re temporary, you have to replace them every five to 10 years. Permanent dentures, on the other hand, fully replace the look and function of your teeth, but often carry a more significant initial investment since they last a lifetime.

So which one is best for you? To help you decide, we’ll look at four differences between removable and permanent dentures: the convenience, the cost, the look and the feel.

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The Convenience of Permanent Dentures

Certain things are more important to people than others. Convenience, for example, might be more important to you than cost, and vice versa. When it comes to the convenience of permanent dentures, you’ll be happy to know that you can care for them like you would your natural teeth. With removable dentures, there are a variety of inconveniences like buying dental paste, making extra trips to the dental office and a higher risk of them breaking. Permanent dentures are more durable and don’t come with any of those inconveniences.

How Much Do Permanent Dentures Cost?

This is one of the first questions people ask when deciding between removable and permanent dentures. The answer is kind of tricky, as it depends on your unique circumstances and the complexity of your procedure. Removable dentures are often more affordable at first, but you’ll have to replace them and they might end up costing more in the long run. Permanent implant dentures may be more expensive, but they last a lifetime and usually end up being a smart investment.

The Look of Permanent Dentures

There’s definitely a distinct difference in the look of permanent and removable dentures. That’s because removable dentures simply aren’t designed to be worn 24/7. While removable dentures can be nice and white, they don’t quite capture the look of your natural teeth like permanent implant dentures. This is another reason why permanent dentures often cost a bit more at first.

How Do Permanent Implant Dentures Feel?

When it comes to function and feel, permanent dentures have a distinct advantage over removable dentures. Your diet isn’t limited, so you can eat whatever you want (even hard and sticky foods). Permanent dentures also don’t slip or cause sores like removable dentures.

If you’d like to know more about permanent implant dentures in Santa Cruz, CA, schedule a complimentary consultation with us today!

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Frequent All-on-4 Questions

clear choice all on 4 dental implantsIf you are considering Teeth in a Day, All-on-4 dental implants, it’s helpful to gather as much information as we can.

Even if you haven’t lost all your teeth, All-on-4 can give you a beautiful new smile for the rest of your life.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about the All-on-4 system:
I have some fears about the All-on-4 process. Is it painful?
Dental implants like All-on-4 are actually not nearly as uncomfortable as you might have been led to believe. For starters, you can choose a form of sedation that best fits your needs: local anesthesia or IV sedation. Secondly, dentists who offer All-on-4 have extensive training and experience, ensuring the process is quick and as painless as possible. Most patients report experience less pain than anticipated.

My teeth aren’t in the best shape. How do I know I’m a good candidate for All-on-4?
Whether you’re concerned about your age, bone density or teeth health, chances are good that you’re an ideal candidate for All-on-4. As long as you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you should be able to be one of the 95 percent of patients who successfully received All-on-4.

I’m not sure I can afford All-on-4. How much does it cost?
While the cost of All-on-4 varies depending on the situation of each patient, you can rest assured that it’s a one-time investment you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life. Dr. Matiasevich and his team will go over the cost with you during your initial consultation and set up any payment plan, if desired. There are financing options available. Best of all, some insurance companies cover the cost of All-on-4 and it may be able to be deducted from your taxes.

How much recovery time is involved with All-on-4? Will I have pain or sensitivity?
While traditional dental implants usually have a recovery time of 3 to 4 months, All-on-4 patients heal quickly thanks to a quick-integrating design. The implants start fusing to your bone from the first day, meaning some people can even eat solid food the same day as their appointment. Best of all, there is little pain or sensitivity and you’ll only be prescribed pain relievers for a few days.

I’m not sure about the value of All-on-4. Can it really change my life?
All-on-4 dental implants are such a popular teeth replacement solution because people often can’t tell the difference between them and natural teeth. They also allow you to brush, smile, eat and talk with confidence for the rest of your life. You can rest assured they are a wise decision.

If you have more questions about All-on-4 dental implants, schedule a complimentary consult with us today.

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