Dentures Vs. Dental Implants – What’s Right For You?
Not that long ago, if you had missing teeth the options that were available to you were dentures or dentures. Cumbersome and uncomfortable things that we remember sitting in a glass on the sink at our grandparent’s home.
No longer is that the case. Sure, dentures are still one of the solutions for missing teeth but they’re not uncomfortable or fake looking. In fact, they look like real teeth. You can smile, chew, speak normally and they don’t change the appearance of your face.
Compared to implants, dentures in Sydney are less expensive; can be applied soon after an extraction and there’s no surgical procedure associated with dentures. The downside is that they are still dentures and they are fragile, slightly lacking in authenticity (although they are much-advanced in this regard) and they won’t last as long as implants.
What are implants?
Cosmetic dental implants are a form of cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are for broken, chipped, permanently discoloured or loose teeth. Dental implants look like real teeth and as such will boost your confidence and have you smiling again in no time.
High quality dental implants (the only type we work with at Cosmic Smile) are functional as well as cosmetic. You can chew again; they prevent gum recession and bone loss and if you have had missing teeth or dentures that don’t fit then they can change the shape of your face.
So if you’ve invested in dental implants; and that’s what they are, an investment in your oral health, then you also need to invest in dental implant aftercare to protect your investment. You can read more about dental implants maintenance and practicing proper oral hygiene before, during and after dental implants. Suffice to say, good hygiene and maintenance will speed up the healing process and make the foundations for your implants far healthier.
Of the two, which should you choose
As we’ve already suggested, dentures look and feel pretty close to normal teeth and you can do almost everything that you do with normal teeth with just a few exceptions. Most of those are dietary. They don’t support your jaw as well as implants do and because they are removed regularly they won’t support your mouth or the surrounding teeth.
There are some medical reasons why people are not able to have implants so for them dentures are the only option. They are considerably less expensive than implants which is another big consideration.
Implants are a long term solution. They are more durable than dentures. Because they are inserted into your jaw they form part of the structure of your mouth and support the surrounding teeth.
Depending on how many implants you require will determine whether or not they will work for you both practically and as an investment. Tooth decay and gum disease can erode the bone which means the structure for your implants is compromised. That may require bone grafting and there are additional complications associated with that.
For an obligation free appointment, call Cosmic Smile today. We will talk you through the options and let you know which option of the two options that we think will work best for you.