You’ve lost several teeth…….now what?
Having multiple missing teeth can be very distressing and emotional, it can sometimes seem difficult to know which way to turn when it comes to replacing the lost teeth.
Should you just live with the gaps? This might seem like the obvious choice, but you might find it more difficult to enjoy a variety of foods and you will likely feel self-conscious when you smile.
Should you get a denture? Or should you go down the route of dental implants?
It’s a hard decision to make, here is our run down of the various pros and cons for each treatment.
Pros: a denture is a relatively quick and cost-effective option. You could have your new denture in as little as 3-4 weeks and it will certainly be the cheaper option when compared to the alternatives. If you are expecting to lose more teeth in the future, you may be able to add teeth onto your denture as and when you need to.
Cons: dentures are not fixed so they will move around when you eat and speak, this will limit the types of foods that you can enjoy. With no teeth to stimulate the bone, it will shrink away meaning overtime your denture will become loose and uncomfortable and will ultimately need to be replaced. Life with dentures can be challenging and it can leave you feeling uncomfortable in social situations and effect your confidence and self-esteem.
Pros: Implants are fixed, they fit into the jaw bone to replace the root of a tooth meaning they do not move around like dentures. Dental implants don’t damage other teeth, they look, feel & function like a real tooth so you can enjoy all the different foods that you want without restriction. Thanks to the natural look and feel of your new teeth you will feel much more confident in social situations. Unlike some of the alternatives dental implants will provide a predictable and long-term outcome that when cared for will last you for the foreseeable future.
Cons: treatment takes longer than the alternatives, you may need several appointments over the course of several months and you will be required to undergo surgical treatment. The initial cost will be higher than a denture.
Deciding which option is best for you will depend on several factors that will ultimately drive your decision on the best tooth replacement option. If you’d like to talk though these options and get some help figuring out which is the right path for you, book your consultation today.
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