Missing teeth don’t just harm your self-image, but can also damage your remaining teeth, impair your speech and lead to bone loss. Thanks to modern dentistry, missing teeth can be fixed with dentures or dental implants.
But how do you know which option is right for you? To help you decide, we’ve put together this guide on dental implants and dentures so you know what treatment will help you achieve your perfect smile.
Dentures are a removable plate of false teeth. Usually made from plastic, the plates are available in either full or partial sets. Without adhesive, dentures can move or dislodge in your mouth while you are chewing and eating. For some people, dentures will be uncomfortable to wear and can even cause difficulty with eating or speaking. Dentures also need to be removed overnight, as wearing them for prolonged periods can cause fungal infections.
Dentures are a quick and easy solution to missing teeth. After taking an impression of your mouth, the dentures are made and fitted right away.
Although Dentures are a cheaper and quicker option, they aren’t long lasting. They will be refitted and aligned as your gum and jaw structures change while ageing and need to be replaced every five to seven years.
Dental implants are custom-made teeth replacements that are permanently attached to your jawbone. Commonly made from a titanium screw with a tooth crown on top, dental implants can be used for multiple or single teeth.
Unfortunately, dental implants have a longer and more evasive procedure than dentures. After the implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, they need between eight weeks and six months to heal and allow the bone to grow around the implant. During this time, you’ll have a temporary crown to wear until your perfect, custom-made crown is made.
Although the procedure is longer than Dentures, dental implants look natural, let you eat and speak as normal and can last a lifetime.
Missing teeth can lead to bone loss. This is because your jawbone needs chewing action of your teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Without this action, the bone will begin to disappear and cause premature ageing and further dental problems.
As dental implants are attached to your jawbone, they are the only treatment that can stimulate chewing action and prevent bone loss.
Overall, dental implants are more natural, easier to care for and allow you to eat, talk and live your life as normal.
Dentures are a quick and easy fix for missing teeth. Yet, they can cause problems with eating and speech, have short lives and can be uncomfortable for many people.
On the other hand, dental implants are long lasting, let you live your life as normal and are the only treatment that can prevent bone loss.
Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss all the options and help you choose the best one based on your unique needs.
Ready to achieve your perfect smile? Book a consultation today.