It is hard to live with missing teeth. We require our teeth for a variety of everyday needs. They help us talk, chew, and smile. Without all of your natural teeth, the confidence in your appearance can take a hit. You may also have difficulty doing simple tasks like eating.
When you are looking to replace your teeth, there are a couple of options from which you can choose. Two of the main options that exist to replace missing teeth are dental implants and dentures. The two different choices each have their own advantages. Your dentist can help you to decide what the right choice to replace your teeth will be.
Dentures are an option for those missing all of their teeth or those missing a few teeth. Either a full set of dentures or partial dentures can be made to fit your needs.
Dentures are created by affixing new teeth to a plastic base. They are not made for constant wear, and they will need to be removed once a day. When they are removed from your mouth, you will need to clean them daily. Once you have your dentures made and adjust to the changes, it will be easier to speak and chew food again.
One of the main advantages of dentures is that they are a more affordable option to replace missing teeth. However, there is a chance that your dentures could break or need adjusting. Your dentist will be able to adjust your dentures or repair the problems with them.
With dental implants, a dentist will surgically put an implant into your jawbone, and your replacement teeth will be attached to these implants. This process can occur over several months or a few days, depending on the healing process and your specific situation. While your implants are healing and before your permanent replacement teeth can be attached, you will be given temporary replacement teeth.
Dental implants have the advantage of being long-lasting and looking natural. They could also help you retain your remaining jaw bone that may disappear if you choose other forms of teeth replacement. Dental implants do not slip and cause speech issues like dentures might. They are also a permanent solution to missing teeth that does not need to be taken out of your mouth to clean. It may also be more cost effective to choose dentures because they are less likely to need replacement down the road.
However, some people see the multiple visits to the dentist and need for surgery as a disadvantage. Dental implants can also be significantly more expensive than other options.
At McBride Dental, we are experts in the options available to replace your missing teeth. We can talk with you about what options will be best for you and your unique situation. Our experienced dentists know the ins and outs of both dental implants and dentures. Do not wait another day to restore your smile.