Losing teeth can be a stressful experience, whether the loss is due to an accident or normal wear and tear as you age. It can be overwhelming to consider factors such as your oral health, replacement costs, convenience, and longevity, and this can make it difficult to decide what the right solution is. However, it is important to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible so that you can speak and eat normally and so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile and restored self-confidence. You have a couple of different options, including partial dentures and dental implants.
Partial false teeth, or partial dentures, are custom-made dental appliances that replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue. Full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or the entire mouth, while dental partials can fill in gaps when you still have some natural teeth in place. When you use partial dentures, they will be supported by clasps around natural teeth or with attachments fitted onto crowns.
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw inserted into the bone of the jaw to replicate the natural tooth’s root. This post bonds firmly with the jawbone to form an anchor that holds the replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace just one tooth or multiple teeth and help support bridges, crowns, and even dentures.
Pros and Cons of Dentures Compared to Implants
Modern dentures come in many shades, shapes, and sizes. The acrylic used to replicate gum tissue can be matched closely to your natural gum colour. Dentures look quite natural and are a more affordable option than implants – especially if you are replacing multiple teeth. Dentures are non-invasive and do not require surgery. They are easy to adjust, and your dentist can make modifications to them as necessary to address any further tooth loss. Dentures made properly can also provide support for the lips and cheeks, giving a more natural shape to the face and solving the problem of your jaw looking as if it has collapsed inward.
However, many people choose implants because they have some compelling advantages of their own. Implants tend to look even more natural because they display natural gum tissue, not acrylic. Implants are also lower-maintenance and will not shift out of place in your mouth. Implants feel like natural teeth and don’t make it hard to eat or talk as you adjust to them.
Talk to your dentist to decide what the best option for you is. Implants are widely considered the gold standard, but there are many situations where partial false teeth may be the better choice. For example, people who don’t wish to have surgery, cannot quit smoking, or grind their teeth may be better suited for dental partials. At Right Dentures in Canberra, we strive for maximum affordability, and we use the most advanced technology around to provide our patients with high-quality dentures and implants. Whichever option you choose, contact Right Dentures for exceptional service and outstanding dental solutions.