If you have missing teeth then two of the popular options to replace them involve dental implants or dentures. Most people tend to be somewhat familiar with dentures or ‘fake teeth’ as they’re known colloquially – but dental implants are less widely known.
That being said there are several advantages that come with choosing dental implants over dentures – and you should be aware of them before making your decision:
- Close to natural teeth
Dental implants are often described as being the ‘next best thing’ to natural teeth due to the fact that they are designed to look, feel and work just like regular teeth do. After you get used to them, odds are you won’t even feel the difference.
- Can last a lifetime
Unlike dentures that may need to be changed from time to time, dental implants are built to last a lifetime – provided you take care of them and brush and floss regularly. At very most they may require an adjustment at some stage or other.
- Preserves your natural facial structure
In many cases, dentures actually end up altering your facial structure due to the fact that they don’t ‘fit’ the way your natural teeth did. With implants you won’t need to worry about this, and your natural facial structure from before you lost your teeth will be preserved.
Where dentures can slip out, prevent you from eating certain foods, and need to be removed and cleaned – implants require no such maintenance. Essentially they are completely hassle-free.
- Protects teeth and jaw bone
Unlike other treatment options that can affect your other (healthy) teeth or your jaw bone, dental implants actually do the opposite and protect them. Because your jawbone will be supporting the denture, it won’t end up deteriorating the way it would with dentures – and your healthy teeth won’t be jostled about either.
It may seem as though using dental implants is a fairly cut and dry decision considering all the advantages of doing so. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case and sometimes dental implants simply aren’t going to be on the table for various reasons.
That is why the first step you need to take to deal with missing teeth is to get in touch with your dentist and arrange a consultation session. By doing so, you’ll be able to get their professional opinion on how it would be best to proceed – and you can ask them about the possibility of dental implants too.
If you’re after dental implants Plymouth you could head over to the Smilecare Cosmetic Centre, 130 North Hill, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8LA. Not only do they deal with implants and dentures, but they also carry out other types of cosmetic dentistry that may help you to improve your smile further.