Your smile is often taken for granted when it comes to how much it affects who you are as a person. It is the first thing most people notice when meeting someone for the first time. When it comes to expressing feelings, it is also the most visual of all emotional indicators. When all is well with your smile and it looks healthy and bright, you feel better about yourself.
However, if you’ve suffered tooth loss or dental trauma that negatively alters the appearance of your smile it can cause not only emotional issues but also physical ones as well. The good news is; losing one or more teeth doesn’t have to mean you lose your smile. Not when you have Best Dental in Houston in your corner. In this article we will break down the great debate between implants and traditional dentures, and how both options may fit your needs based on your wants and your finances.
Your Smile Can Be Restored
While losing a tooth comes with some consequences that are less than pleasant and some that can be quite detrimental to your health. Your smile can be restored with options available here at Best Dental and we can rectify problems such as:
- Difficulty Chewing: Losing a tooth changes the way the remaining teeth interact and the mechanics of chewing as well as altering your bite. Teeth often will shift out of alignment due to the missing teeth not holding everything in place. This can create gaps, structural changes in your jaw, teeth shifting in front or behind one another, which can be very painful.
- Bone Loss: When a tooth is lost, the space in the bone it once occupied gets no more stimulation which leads to bone atrophy and softening of the jawbone, which eventually will lead to bone loss. This, in fact, can make restorative procedures such as dental implants much more difficult or physically impossible.
- Decreased Quality Of Life: Due to the tooth loss and lack of ability to chew properly your diet often ends up changing to foods that are soft or mashed to accommodate. This can lead to decreased nutrition, loss of appetite which in turn leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It also has an effect on your self-image which can lead to decreased self-care and other emotional problems.
Many people will falsely gravitate at towards dentures due to their lower upfront cost, but are you really saving much money over dental implants? While dental implants are more expensive initially, you might be surprised to know that in the long run dentures could possibly cost nearly as much as dentures with their constant maintenance costs and replacements as dentures aren’t a permanent solution.
The Scoop On Dentures
Dentures are a medical grade, prosthetic that is removable and designed to replace missing teeth and part of the gum as well. They can replace full upper or lower arches or partials that only fill in the gap for the affected teeth that are missing. Complete dentures adhere to the gums with a special adhesive that tends to lose grip at times, especially when eating certain foods. Partials are held on by the surrounding teeth using metal clips that can often damage the remaining healthy teeth and gums.
Why A Patient Might Opt For Dentures:
- Dentures have a lower initial cost than dental implants.
- Dentures are an option for patients that have not sought treatment for missing teeth which can make implants impossible.
- Fitment and installation of dentures do not require surgery.
Why Dentures May Not Be The Best Solution For You:
- If you don’t like change or having to maintain something, dentures are not for you.
- They often need adjustment, re-application of adhesive and they do need to be replaced as your facial structure changes with age and bone loss.
- Dentures can cause speech to sound different, cause difficulty chewing and swallowing and cause uncontrollable salivation.
The Details On Dental Implants
Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent and surgically installed into your jawbone in a relatively painless procedure. This surgery actually strengthens the jawbone as the implant bonds and becomes part of your jaw. Implants are a precise and exact custom molded fit. Dental implants still need regular dental care even though they will never decay or stain like dentures or biological teeth.
Why Most Patients Choose Dental Implants:
- The success rate is over 94%
- Dental implants, with proper care,should last a lifetime, so it’s a one-time investment.
- Caring for implants the same as caring for natural teeth.
- Your smile, facial structure, jawbone, and the bite is kept intact.
- Dental implants are often completed and installed in just one to two visits.
Which Should You Go With?
Now that you have all the information, come book a free consultation with Best Dental to narrow down your options.Implants are the most sensible and long-term value solution for your teeth.
Dentures also require a significant lifestyle change and are a learning process to speak without impediment. While dentures may be less expensive upfront, over time they can cost nearly as much as implants. The bottom line is, dentures you save now and pay more and more later. With implants, you pay more upfront, but you will thank yourself later and your life is uninterrupted.
Ready To Get Your Best Dental Smile Makeover?
If you have missing teeth and feel like there’s nothing you can do, you are exactly who we want to see. With a free consultation, we can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Contact us today to bring your smile back and see why we are the best dentist in Houston!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get implants if I already have dentures?
You definitely can. If you have had your dentures for a long period of time, then you may have suffered from bone loss in your jawbones. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend getting a bone graft prior to your dental implants. Sometimes, with severe amount of bone loss, you may end up having to get mini implants instead of traditional ones.
Are snap-on dentures any good?
Snap on dentures have helped so many of our patients get stability with their current denture appliances. Most lower dentures end up not being as stable as most people would like. This is where a traditional snap on denture comes into play. By placing two to four dental implant on the lower jaw, you can get dentures that snap into place without the worry of them moving around while you are eating. To learn more about snap on dentures, click here.
How many implants do you need for bottom dentures?
Normally, two to four dental implants are sufficient to make a stable bottom denture. If your jaw allows it, we normally recommend six implants for better long term function and longevity of your implant dentures.
What are screw in dentures?
These are also popularly known as All-On-4 dentures, and they are a hybrid between a bridge and a traditional denture. With the use of dental implants that are inserted into your jaw, these screw in dentures are permanently fixed in your mouth without the need to remove them. This makes them different than snap on dentures, which are removable. Another big benefit of these hybrid dentures is that they can be left in at night to sleep with, unlike the snap on variant that needs to be removed at night.