Dental Implants

Dentures Vs Implants

Published on 02/07/2016

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

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.

Advantages

Disadvantages

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

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.

Advantages

Disadvantages

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 with 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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