Dentists are well aware that many people lose teeth during their life. This could be caused by an accident or when teeth are decayed or there is gum disease present in the patient.
Dentures or ‘false teeth’ used to be very common but nowadays many people have dental implants instead. So what are the advantages of dental implants vs. dentures?
The dentist may recommend dentures for certain patients. The dentures have to be properly moulded to fit the patient’s mouth and not cause irritation or painful rubbing against the gums. It is more common for the dentist to suggest dentures when it means replacing many or all of the teeth. These dentures should be secured with dental adhesive, otherwise they might slip out of place when eating or even speaking and this can be quite embarrassing. If a partial denture is necessary, this might cause infection and decay in other healthy teeth if it is not fitted properly. If the dentist sees that gums or the jaw is unhealthy or possibly weak, then dentures might be the right choice.
However, dental implants are a good choice if gums and jaws are healthy. They are also a good way to go no matter how many teeth are missing. Basically, these implants are put into the jawbone. The dentist can do this and the procedure is very simple.
First of all the dentist or oral surgeon will place the implant into your jaw and then this is covered over with tissue of the gum. This implant will need three or six months to be integrated fully into the jawbone. After that time the dentist will attach a post to this implant and the gum tissue will grow around it. Sometimes these implants are placed at the same time as the post. When everything is considered fine and healthy, the dentist will attach the crown to the implant post. Once they are fixed, these implants can last for more than twenty years.
Dentures still have their place but implants are becoming more and more popular.
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