Should you Choose Dentures or Dental Implants?

Sometimes teeth need to be removed. A third of Australians over 65 have no teeth. Modern dentistry has now moved to a stage where you can have false teeth without anyone realising. But the type of false teeth you have depends on you and your mouth.                                 

What are dentures?

Dentures are a removable frame that holds artificial teeth. Depending on what teeth you have missing, dentures can be a frame that fits around your natural teeth,on  either side of the gap, or as part of a plate that fits against the roof of your mouth.

In order to fit dentures, your dentist, like Longano Bruno V. Dr, may have to modify the neighbouring teeth so that the denture frame can fit around them. Some people are able to wear dentures without using an adhesive. Others find that an adhesive is required to keep the dentures in place, particularly when talking and eating. Dentures can take time to get used to and must be correctly sized to prevent rubbing and sores.

Dentures must be taken out to be cleaned and should be soaked overnight. They also need replacing every five to seven years.

In order to be suitable for dentures, you must have a strong gum that can fit and hold the dentures. While dentures do have some disadvantages, they don't require any invasive treatment.

What is a dental implant?

This is an artificial tooth root, made from a strong, biocompatible material, that is sunk into the jawbone and left to heal. The artificial tooth is than attached to it via a metal post. The procedure is quite simple, similar to a tooth extraction.

There is no need for any existing teeth to be modified to fit implants, which maintains the health of your natural teeth. Dental implants cannot be removed and become your new permanent teeth. This removes the need for messy adhesives and you should have no trouble talking or eating.

As they can't be removed, implants should be cleaned the same way as natural teeth, brushing at least twice a day and flossing. Implants are durable and, if cared for properly, can last a lifetime. The success rate of dental implants is over 90%, closer to 98% depending on the location in the mouth and your general health.

For implants to be suitable, you will need enough bone in your jaw to have the implants fitted. However, bone grafts can be taken from elsewhere in your mouth or your hips.

What type of artificial teeth you have depends on your preference and the health and conformity of your jaw. Remember that people with false teeth should still visit their dentist regularly and maintain a good dental hygiene routine to keep their new teeth clean, smelling nice and in good condition.