You can lose teeth in a variety of ways, and the older you get the higher the chance that this is going to happen. You might have had a tooth knocked out whilst playing sports, or you might have the start of gum disease, indicating that your teeth are in a poor state. At the Alkali Dental Studio in Putney, we’re often asked whether implants are better than normal dentures.
What is the difference between implants and dentures?
- Implants are basically embedded in the jawbone and involve a cosmetic process to replace either single teeth or a whole set.
- Dentures are essentially false teeth. They are suitable for some people, but not others.
- Dental implants are normally inserted into a healthy jawbone and can last as long as twenty years or so with a good oral hygiene regime.
Many people believe that they look and feel more natural than ordinary dentures.
If you need replacement teeth then your dentist will be able to advise on the best solution for your individual needs. He or she may also decide to put in a bridge, which is used to span an area that has a few teeth missing and is often the most sensible option.
What are the advantages of implants?
Implants have several plus points that make them a better option for some patients with missing teeth. First of all, they help to return your mouth to a more natural state. The problem people often have with dentures, even with the latest technology, is that they actually feel false. Implants are permanently fixed to your jaw using titanium mounts, which provide a permanent solution that won’t come loose.
Tooth loss can have a detrimental effect on your jawbone and cause loss of material over time. Implants act as new teeth and so can prevent the bone loss that causes trouble later on with devices such as dentures.
Because they are securely attached, implants avoid the problems that come with dentures. Some people don’t like the way that dentures shift in the mouth and make ‘clicking’ sounds that can be embarrassing. Dentures also need to be recalibrated over time as your jawline ages; this can involve getting a whole new set of teeth every six or seven years.
Are they more expensive?
Implants are more expensive than dentures, but they provide a more natural and lasting solution to missing teeth. The good news is that clinics like the Alkali Dental Studio in Putney provide a range of payment options, which means patients, can more easily afford a treatment that can literally change lives.Finding the right solution to improve your oral health can be confusing, and it pays to get good advice that is tailored to your needs. At the Alkali Dental Studio in Putney we pride ourselves on providing the quality of care that our patients need, ensuring that everything is carefully explained and all options explored. Contact us today for more advice on Implants and Dentures.