The choice between dentures or implants can be confusing when replacing missing teeth. Your teeth are a fundamental part of who you are – they help shape the contours of your face; they help you eat and speak. Your teeth of course make up your smile and who doesn’t want that perfect, white, full smile. Missing teeth can dramatically affect your confidence and self esteem. It’s really important to take time to think carefully about how to fix your smile. Speak to your dentist for the best solution for you.
Dental technology has improved dramatically over recent years, which is good news for you. The options for replacing your missing teeth and perfecting your smile are better than ever before. Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of the choices most often offered to people with missing teeth: dentures and dental implants.
What is right for you?
Dentures/false teeth can fit into the space of your missing teeth. They can be made of acrylic resin or porcelain, mounted on a plastic-covered, metal base. They will need to be taken out every evening to be cleaned. Dental implants, however, are permanent solutions to missing teeth. Made of porcelain and titanium and fixed directly to your jaw, they’re stable replacements which simply become part of you.
Dentures: the pros and cons
- Usually quicker to measure up and fit
- Appropriate if you have problems with your gums or jaws
- Cheaper than dental implants
Research has revealed 71% of denture wearers had a genuine fear of laughing. They were anxious that their dentures might pop out when they were least expecting.
- You’ll need to remove them every night for cleaning – in addition to your usual teeth cleaning
- They will need replacing every 5 to 10 years
- Dentures can move or become dislodged when talking, chewing or laughing
- They are likely to need adjusting and can become loose
- They may prevent you eating certain foods – chewy meats like steak, or even sugar-free gum, which can stick to the palate of the denture
- Food can easily become stuck under dentures, which can be very painful
- They won’t prevent the natural ageing process of your mouth and gums.
Dental implants: the pros and cons
- Permanent solutions which fix directly into the bone
- They are lightweight, strong and stable – so you can continue to enjoy the food you love
- Once fully healed, they can be easily cleaned as part of your usual oral health regime
- They help to preserve your natural face shape
- A more natural fit – less risk of food becoming trapped under the gumline
- Implants can last a lifetime with correct care.
- They can be costly – and are a higher investment than dentures
- Smoking can affect whether your implants are successful in the long term, and can cause particular problems with your mouth or jaw.
- Fitting implants does come with a risk of complications, as do all surgical procedures.
We can help you achieve a perfect smile
We can help you make the best choice for your mouth – and help give you the confidence you deserve. You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Speak to your dentist today to discuss the best way forward for your perfect smile.