In recent times, the popularity of dental implants to replace missing teeth has risen. Dental implants are now often recommended in situations where dentures would traditionally have been fitted. Before deciding between them, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each of these optionsfor replacing missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants provide an option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant surgery involves fusing a metal and titanium implant that is acceptable to the human body onto the jawbone so that a replacement tooth can be fitted on top of it. The process of the implant fusing with the jawbone is called ‘osseointegration’.
It is possible to have one or more dental implants depending on the state of your oral health. A popular choice is implanting a whole set of teeth, lower or upper jaw, that sit on a set of four equally spaced dental implants.
What are dentures?
They are a plate or a frame which holds one or more artificial teeth. Whilst being worn, the plate allows the artificial teeth to sit in the socket of the missing teeth. They are completely removable.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants are a solution to loose fitting dentures. They are permanently attached in the mouth and,conveniently, require the same care as natural teeth. They are strong and natural looking.
The advantages and disadvantages of dentures
Some patients prefer traditional dentures, which can afford a picture perfect smile without the surgical procedure required for dental implants. The tooth shapes and white shades of dentures can be selected for appropriate fit, optimal durability and cosmetic preference.
The major disadvantages are that they can be loose fitting and uncomfortable and can interfere with chewing and speaking. They also require a separate cleaning routine.
Making your choice
The choice to replace missing teeth with dental implants or dentures is a personal one. It should be made after discussion of your options with your dentist. There are specific circumstances where implants will definitely be recommended, such as with patients who have difficulty wearing lower jaw dentures and those with ananatomically shallow palate that won’t hold them securely.
Whether your choice is for dentures or dental implants, it is advisable to use the services of a trusted and reputable dentist. We have a proven track record in successfully providing both of these services and warmly invite you to come in for a consultation to discuss how we can replace your missing teeth and create a perfect smile.
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