Unfortunately, there comes a time for everyone when it will no longer be possible to restore a tooth and it will need to be extracted. Then comes the decision about what to do with the gap left behind. Two of the most popular treatment choices to replace a missing tooth are dentures or implants.
In this article, we will look at the benefits and disadvantages of both treatments to help give you the full picture to make a decision on the treatment that best meets your needs.
Dentures are made by creating either an acrylic (plastic) or chrome (metal) base and onto these composite teeth are added in a shade to match your natural teeth.
Dentures can be made to replace either a few or all teeth on your upper or lower jaw
Dentures can take time to get used to and you will need to practice in order to be able to speak and eat with confidence
Dentures allow further teeth to be added following future extractions
Dentures do not support the jaw so you will notice bone loss over time
Dentures improve your appearance and bite
Dentures will need to be remade and relined as the shape of your jaw changes overtime
Dentures can be fitted immediately after a tooth is extracted so no one will even know you are missing a tooth
Dentures will need to be replaced every 7 – 8 years
Dentures are suitable for most people
Dentures are less expensive than implants
Implants are made by inserting a titanium screw into your jaw which is then used to support a crown, bridge or denture depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
Implants can be used to replace a few or all teeth. Implants can either be placed for individual teeth or can be used to support dentures replacing all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw
It takes 3 – 4 months for the implants to be completed. The base of the implant will be inserted and then left to heal before a crown, bridge or denture can be placed on top.
Implants help to improve your appearance, bite and how you speak.
Implants can only be placed if you have sufficient bone in your jaw and it is healthy enough. If not a bone graft will be required prior to treatment starting
Implants help to maintain the bone levels in your jaw and can even help to promote bone growth needed to stabilise and secure the implant
Implants are not suitable if you smoke and if you suffer from gum disease there is a higher risk of the implant failing
Implants look and feel like your natural teeth so you will be able to speak and eat with complete confidence
Implants are expensive to place initially
Implants allow you to eat a full and varied diet
If cared for appropriately an implant should last as long as your natural teeth
If you would like to find out more about dentures or implants call Leigh Dental Centre today on 01702 472929.
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