When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have a few options which include dentures and dental implants.
Each solution has their own advantages and disadvantages, so before making any decision, make sure to discuss which option would be best for you with us.
Both dentures and dental implants effectively do the same thing. For example, both solutions can help you to chew your food better, or increase your confidence when you smile.
So ultimately, what is the difference between them?
Dental implants integrate into the jawbone, where the screw-like implant replaces the root of the tooth. Implants are then capped with a crown, which are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are more expensive than the likes of dentures, but they are a more permanent, long-lasting solution in comparison.
Let’s also remember that dental implants are very much like natural teeth, therefore taking care of them is very similar to that of standard dental hygiene. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice daily and floss, alongside your regular dental check-ups.
They are a permanent fixture therefore maintenance is low, but may require replacement crowns over time if the original crowns fitted become cracked or broken.
Dentures on the other hand, these are removable, prosthetic teeth that are made from plastic and/or metal. These can be fitted to your mouth, however, are held in place by a special adhesive that bonds them to your gums. Which means that they can be hard to manage, as they do have a tendency to move around when eating and talking.
Dentures also require greater daily maintenance in order to remain viable for a longer period. They shouldn’t be worn overnight – they should be soaked in water or a special cleaning solution. To clean them, you need to remove the dentures after eating and brush them.
As these require impressions being taken of your upper and lower gums, it’s likely that your dentures will need to be refitted over time as your bite changes.
So how do I make a decision?
The most important thing is to discuss the options with your dentist.
Although dental implants are more expensive, they are a longer-lasting solution that can really transform your smile and your confidence, compared to dentures.
We are here to help you understand the options to replace your missing teeth, and which is best for you. We’ll take you through the solutions so that you can make a decision with confidence.