A missing tooth will not only affect the appearance of your smile but your overall oral health too. When a tooth is missing, the bone that was supporting it is no longer stimulated and begins to atrophy. And, because that part of the jawbone is no longer stimulated, the cheek will also start to lose elasticity and look like it's sagging.
But, that's not the only issue a missing tooth can create. It can also increase the chances of gum disease and cause your teeth to shift, affecting their alignment.
Fortunately, there are quite a few restorative solutions out there for replacing missing teeth. Two of the most common ones are dentures and implants. But, what's the difference between the two and which one should your choose?
Here's what you need to know.
The main and most important difference between dentures and implants is that one is a prosthetic that is supported by your surrounding teeth and gums while the other is meant to mimic the appearance and functionality of your natural teeth.
When most people hear about dentures, they think of their grandparent's old and floppy dentures that would never sit and fit properly. That's not the case anymore. Dentures nowadays are made to fit perfectly in your mouth and give you a natural look and feel. Moreover, they are made out of high-quality materials, look just like your natural teeth, and can restore your ability to chew and speak.
That said, dentures cannot offer the same jaw bone stimulation as dental implants. Because the implant is inserted into your jawbone, it acts just like a natural tooth, stimulating the bone and promoting bone mass. However, dental implants are considerably more expensive than dentures and require a lengthier and more complicated process.
The best thing that you can do right now is schedule an appointment with your dentist and discuss your options. Based on your oral health and particular needs, your dentist will help you find the best solution. However, if you are a good candidate for both dentures and implants, then you will have to consider a few additional factors to make your decision:
With so many options and conflicting information out there, it can be hard to determine what the best course of action is.
At Perkasie Dental Loft, we understand that your needs are unique and we want you to know that we hear and respect your smile goals. We will help find the best treatment plan that fits your individual needs. All you have to do is contact us to book your appointment.