Losing one or multiple teeth can have a major impact on a person’s life. From the way you talk, chew your food, or even how confident you are in your appearance, all of these things can be greatly influenced by missing teeth.
Luckily, there are several ways to address these issues. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at two popular methods of replacing missing teeth: implants and dentures.
Which one is the best option for you?
Dental implants are a type of artificial tooth that is implanted directly in place of the natural tooth. It is made up of three components:
Dental implants are very popular because they look and function just like a regular tooth. It’s a permanent procedure that allows people to get back their full smiles.
Usually, singular dental implants are the ideal choice when a patient has 1-2 missing teeth, but in cases where the loss was more extensive, the dentist can recommend implant-supported dentures which can replace the full or partial arch. The patient will receive around 4 implants along the jaw, and the custom-made dentures are attached directly to the implant.
Dentures are a set of dental prosthetics also designed to replace missing teeth. However, unlike implants (or implant-supported dentures), traditional dentures are removable. They are, perhaps, what most people think of when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Dentures can take a bit of getting used to, especially since they are removable and can shift around while you eat or speak. Over time, however, most patients become fully accustomed to their dentures.
Overall, the better option for replacing missing teeth is the dental implant, be it a singular implant, or implant-supported dentures. They provide a permanent solution for missing teeth and help upkeep gum and jaw health as well, as you continuously apply pressure to the area while you chew. Dentures don’t have this benefit, and the maintenance for these types of dental prosthetics can be a bit of a hassle.
But, some patients, like those who have experienced bone loss, might be better off with dentures. This depends on your particular case, and your dentist can make the best recommendations for you following a consultation.
If you’re interested in implants or dentures and are wondering which option is right for you, Khanani Family Dental can help. Dr. Salman Khanani will consult your current oral health and provide you with the best treatment plan to restore the full look and function of your smile.