When patients suffer tooth loss, they can feel self-conscious and can lack confidence on a great scale, but it’s not just the appearance of the teeth that can be affected. If several teeth have been lost, then normal mouth function can be compromised, opening the patient up to potential infection and decay.
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons, such as tooth decay over time, being involved in an accident, gum disease or a tooth fracture. Whatever the reason, patients shouldn’t be embarrassed or have to put up with the problems it causes them.
Many people in these situations opt to wear dentures to restore their sense of normality, but they aren’t for everyone. In these instances, we would recommend dental implants, because contrary to common belief, they don’t just work for singular tooth replacements; dental implants can be used to fit a dental bridge too.
Like with most cosmetic enhancements, there are pros and cons to each of these options, so how do you decide between dentures and dental implant treatment? We’ve written this article to help you choose. Keep reading to find out more…
Dentures are removable false teeth that are designed to replace a few or a full set of teeth. In the past, they had a tendency to be very uncomfortable and to look fairly unrealistic. However, these issues have been greatly improved over time. Many people opt for dentures because they provide a quick and relatively inexpensive fix, and they are also an ideal option for people who have a weak or unhealthy jaw.
However, due to the fact that they are removable, they have the ability to move or fall out when speaking or eating, which can be very embarrassing for people. To avoid this, patients have to use a good quality denture adhesive to ensure that they stay put. It should also be noted that dentures have to be removed regularly for cleaning. Where partial dentures are being used, there is also a risk of infection in the patient’s existing teeth if they are not fitted correctly.
Dental implants are titanium replacements for your natural teeth. During the dental implant treatment, the length of the implant is inserted into the patient’s jawbone which then provides support for a custom-made porcelain crown or dental bridge.
The number of implants fitted depends on the number of teeth that need replacing, but it is possible to replace an entire set of teeth if required. Of course, dental implants require surgery and can only be fitted if the patient has a healthy jaw and gums. When multiple teeth are being fitted via a dental bridge, each porcelain crown is fused to a metal frame which is then attached to the inserted implants.
Dental implant-supported bridges are often favoured over dentures due to the fact that they are a more permanent solution that you do not need to keep removing. With appropriate care, these replacement teeth can last for over 20 years before they need to be replaced, making them a lot more cost-effective than dentures in the long run.
The whole dental implant process will take a few months until it is fully complete, so this is something to bear in mind if you’re considering this treatment. Additionally, dental implant-supported bridges are definitely an investment, but this is a life-changing treatment for many people.
For a relatively inexpensive, quick-fix, patients should opt for dentures. They are also highly suitable for those with a weak or unhealthy jaw, perhaps making them the most accessible option available for tooth replacement.
On the other hand, if you’re after a more permanent solution, dental implants are the answer. They’re more of an investment but worth it in the long run, as they can be life-changing for so many people – you can view our case studies here. Once installed, dental bridges can just be treated like your normal teeth, which a lot of patients prefer.
If you’re looking for dental implants in Banbury, The Implant Studio can provide a consultation slot with our award-winning specialist, Dr Tom Donnelly. The dental implant consultation process lasts for an hour and is extremely important as each mouth is unique and needs to be examined accordingly. Book your consultation online today.