Implants Or Dentures: Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Best?
If you have suffered from chronic dental problems throughout your adult life, you may have considered having your teeth removed. If your teeth continually cause you painful and frustrating problems, full teeth removal may be a good option. However, an important part of the process is the replacement process. There are several replacement options to consider. The following are some examples:
When you have your teeth removed, your first thought may be to get traditional dentures. Dentures sit on top of the gum and jawbone and are held in place with adhesive. You take the dentures in and out each day to clean them. Dentures are fairly low maintenance and are among the most affordable tooth replacement options.
There are some disadvantages to getting dentures, however. The main problem is the adherence to the mouth. Dentures can sometimes shift during the day, which makes eating and talking difficult. You then have to either deal with the shifting or find a private place to add more adhesive. Also, you cannot brush dentures like your natural teeth. Brushing can damage dentures by scratching the surface, which can cause staining and cause them to wear out. Another issue is the loss of bone structure in the jaw. When teeth are removed and nothing is there to stimulate the jawbone, the bone will deteriorate over time.
If you want a more permanent tooth replacement option, implants are your best bet. Dental implants are the closest replacement to natural teeth that you can get. The implants are directly placed into the jawbone. Once the implants fully fuse to the bone and heal completely, crowns are placed on each implant. You then have healthy, strong, natural-looking teeth that you can use just like normal.
Dental implants work just like natural teeth. You have to brush and floss to keep your gums healthy and create a healthy environment for the implants to thrive. The implants keep your jawbone strong and healthy.
There are a few disadvantages to getting dental implants. First, dental implants are an investment. The surgical process of getting dental implants take several steps to complete over many visits. You can experience some slight discomfort after getting the dental implants. Implants also need time to fully heal before you can gain full function of the new teeth.
If you think you might want to remove your unhealthy natural teeth and find a replacement option, be sure to visit your dentist to discuss which options are best for your needs. Contact a local dental office to learn more.