There is no need to go through life with missing teeth! We offer really good alternatives to ensure that you have the best smile. Dental implants and dentures are two of the most common options for replacing any missing teeth. Dentures are false teeth that are a good option for when you have missing teeth, however, it is important to note that they are not ideal for everyone. Dental implants, on the other hand, are implants that are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as a replacement for the missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a long term solution for replacing missing teeth. An implant is a replacement tooth that is surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace the natural roots of the tooth completely. Your dentist will essentially place metal screws in your jawbone which acts like the root of your teeth and supports the artificial replacement teeth such as bridges or crowns. Dental implants act as a permanent substitute to the natural roots of your teeth. They can be used to replace one tooth or an entire arch of teeth.
Although dental implants are not susceptible to decay, you shouldn’t throw your oral hygiene routine away! Thorough oral care should continue to be your top priority and is necessary to ensure the health of the implant and the surrounding gums.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth. They are usually made of acrylic or of a combination of metal and acrylic. They usually fit quite snug over the gums, which is why they are a widely used replacement for multiple missing teeth. They also eliminate some of the potential problems that are caused by gaps. If your dentures are not secured with denture adhesive, the dentures might slip out of place while you are eating or speaking. Partial dentures may also increase the risk of infection or decay if they are not fitted properly.
Dentures are a quick and cheaper option to dental implants. The procedure for fitting dentures is also non-invasive, unlike dental implants.
Just like dental implants, your dentures will need to be cleaned impeccably every day, they can easily be maintained by brushing and flossing twice a day, the same way you would with natural teeth.
Which treatment is best for me?
Although both dentures and implants come with both pros and cons, dentures may be the best option for people whose gums and jaw are weak or unhealthy. This is because dental implants require sufficient gum and bone density to hold the implant screw securely.
If you are missing any teeth either due to gum disease, tooth decay or an accident, and your gums and jaw is healthy, you may be able to benefit from a dental implant. Dental implants are often a very popular choice for people who have only one or two missing teeth.
Generally, as long as your gums and jaw are healthy, they can serve as a support for several replacement teeth.
Book a consultation with us today here at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic to find out what option is best for your individual circumstance. Our highly trained dentists will examine your teeth and recommend the best treatment for you to replace your missing teeth.