With modern advancements in dental techniques, dentures are no longer the only option to settle when you want to replace missing teeth. Patients who have lost one or more teeth tell us they feel embarrassed and even self-conscious about their smile. Some people even try not to laugh in public in case the gap is visible. Missing teeth can also lead to a host of other problems such as discomfort and difficulties while speaking or eating.
If you want to replace missing teeth, there are two main options: dental implants and dentures. Let us have a look at these options in detail;
Dentures (traditional false teeth) are suitable for any case where you have lost teeth as a result of damage, wear and tear. Dentures are ideally made from a cast metal and an acrylic base and of course the porcelain for the tooth element. They are created to fit into the empty space where the tooth has been lost. They are not permanent and thus they can be uncomfortable when speaking or chewing food. If they are not carefully secured in the mouth they can also result in additional saliva accumulating in the mouth. Dentures are also prone to wear and tear and thus they require proper dental hygiene.
Pros of Dentures
- Lower cost
- A good option for patients whose gums are not suited to implants
- Simpler and cheaper if you are missing a lot of teeth
Cons of Dentures
- The insecure bond results in movement and slippage
- An adjustment period to get used to wearing them
- Problems with eating or speaking
- Irritation, discomfort and sores
- Regular cleaning is required
- Eventual replacement will be required
- They do not preserve the bone and thus can result in further bone recession and even facial collapse.
The dental implant, on the other hand, is a very durable solution to replacing missing teeth. These implants are made using metal and titanium that is fully compatible with the human body. The implant is put into place permanently by attaching it into the bone socket and the jaw. Once it is in place, it will fuse automatically with your jawbones.
Pros of Dental Implants
- It offers a secure bond thus no worries about slipping
- Low maintenance
- They look and function like any natural teeth
- It is a long-lasting and often permanent solution
- They preserve the bone
- They prevent gum and bone deterioration
Cons of Dental Implants
- They are more costly than dentures
- Multiple steps including surgical procedures are required
- Some patients require bone grafts prior to dental implants