Losing teeth can be a very distressing situation for anyone. Considerations such as natural feeling teeth, confidence to chew and time needed to achieve your new smile are all part of your smile assessment process.
Teeth permit adequate chewing, speech, improvement of self-confidence through a good looking smile. Your choice of tooth replacement includes, dental implants and dentures. This article seeks to compare the two options for replacing missing teeth from a dentists perspective.
Dentures can be defined as removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and even portions of the gum tissue. At Perth-Dentures we have 2 choices:
a. Complete Dentures
b. Partial Dentures
Complete dentures comprise of all the teeth in both the upper, lower jaws and normally rest on the gums directly.
Partial dentures fill in gaps present when a good number of natural teeth are still intact. They use clasps as support around existing teeth.
The following are some of the advantages of dentures:
i. They provide facial muscles with support to give the teeth a natural appearance
ii. Dentures are best for patients with poor overall health and who are considered a risk for surgery.
iii. Dentures usually involve less appointments.
There are some disadvantages of dentures compared to dental implants which would inconvenience people more than help them from their missing teeth problem.
The following are some disadvantages of dentures:
i. Dentures cause bone loss and loose their fit with time.
ii. Partial dentures tend to weaken the support system of natural teeth.
iii. They require regular replacement.
iv. They require regular cleaning and therefore have to be removed on a daily basis.
Dental implants are titanium rod replacements of your natural tooth root. The implants strongly bond with titanium posts and subsequently are anchored into your jaw. The implants can hold a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or a complete set of teeth.
The following are some advantages of dental implants:
i. Dental implants are permanently secured preventing dislodgement and movement compared to dentures.
ii. They pose no risk of decay.
iii. They offer optimum protection to the jawbone as they prevent further deterioration.
iv. It can be easily incorporated into one’s regular oral health routine.
The following are some disadvantages associated with the use of dental implants:
i. Need to have optimum oral health
ii. Carry a higher risk in heavy smokers and patients with unresolved gum disease.
iii. The surgical procedures carry risks and vary depending on each individuals situation.
– Dental implants are anchored offering permanent solutions to missing teeth.
– Dentures cause bone loss and require regular adjustments and replacement.
– Dental implants offer the best functional needs for missing teeth.
– Dentures may be better suited to patients who are considered a surgical risk or the very elderly.