Dentures have long been a popular and common answer to tooth loss, notably for those with multiple missing teeth. Dentures are cost-effective, help restore a person’s ability to speak and eat, and support their facial structures. This is where dental implants come in. Thanks to the implants process, it’s possible to treat tooth loss with a fixed titanium post that encourages your jawbone to grow around it and accept it as a new body part for life.
In this blog post, we’re looking at how dentures and implants differ and how you can use the latter to replace dentures — improving your quality of life in the long term.
Why Do People Choose Dentures to Replace Missing Teeth?
As we mentioned in the intro, dentures treat tooth loss and restore a person’s smile and facial aesthetic. Here are a few reasons dentures are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth:
- A cost-effective solution for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth.
- They help patients to find the volition to smile again.
- They allow patients to eat a more extensive range of foods.
- They protect the gums from an increased risk of gum disease.
- They can give a fuller and healthier look to the face. Tooth loss can often result in sullen and hollow looking cheeks, and in turn, the whole face can take on a droopy kind of aesthetic.
Dental Implants and Their Benefits (Compared to Dentures)
The most notable benefits of dental implants over dentures are:
They’re a fixed answer to tooth loss: unlike dentures, dental implants stay securely in place as they’re surgically inserted into the jawbone. Thanks to this stability, it’s easy to eat the foods you like – even tougher foods that are often off-limits to denture-wearers.
Easy to care for: dentures are a removable treatment, which means you need to take them out to clean them. Meanwhile, dental implants can be looked after just as if they were a real tooth. Brush and floss just like you do with your existing teeth.
There is no risk of slippage: dental implants don’t slip around your mouth, something dentures are prone to do. Slipping dentures can leave you feeling paranoid about smiling and eating around others, affecting your confidence and putting you on your guard instead of helping you to feel at ease.
Say goodbye to trapped food particles: dentures are known to attract food particles, which can be hard to remove – this can also lead to sore gums and raw spots in the mouth. You will easily be able to remove trapped and loose food particles from in-between your natural teeth and your implant by simply using dental floss or interdental brushes.
All-on-4 Dental: Bringing Implants and Dentures Together
All-on-4 implants are the revolutionary treatment that has brought together dentures and implants. Using only four implants (as implied by the name of the treatment), it’s possible to secure dentures that you won’t have to remove at night. Other fantastic benefits of All-on-4 implants include:
- It’s cost-effective: as only four implants are required, it’s a more cost-effective answer to tooth loss than getting individual implants.
- Rejuvenate your taste buds: as your denture no longer covers your palette, you’ll have recourse to your taste buds in a way you didn’t before.
- ‘Teeth in a day’: once your implants are placed, you’ll be given a temporary bridge on the same day, which means you leave the practice with a brand new smile.
- Fewer appointments: the All-on-4 system streamlines the implants process – patients won’t have to attend as many appointments.
- Secure dentures: unlike conventional dentures, all-on-4 implants secure dentures so that they’re not prone to coming loose when you talk, chew and smile.
- Supporting your facial structures: because dentures never make contact with your jawbone (unlike dental implants, which are surgically inserted), they don’t offer the stimulation a real tooth root does. As dental implants are designed for your bone to grow around, your facial aesthetic appears less sunken than if you were wearing conventional dentures or had no tooth replacement treatment in place.
Replacing a Missing Tooth From Scratch: Why is it So Important?
If you’ve never had dentures or any form of tooth replacement treatment in the past, there are many reasons why you should endeavour to address this. Firstly (and most importantly), missing teeth jeopardise your oral health. Leaving exposed gum areas will increase your risk of gum disease, with loose food particles being free to settle and cause problems over time.
Gaps in your smile also trigger other tooth movements, which can find themselves drifting into the space. Whilst this might sound like a good thing because the gap is no longer as prevalent, it leads to a crooked smile, bite problems and joint pain.
The emotional consequences of a missing tooth can also take their toll over time, stopping you from smiling and laughing around others. Coupled with the issue of diet limitations and the difficulties a missing tooth can pose with speech, it’s no exaggeration to say that a missing tooth or teeth can profoundly impact your life.
If you would like to book yourself in for a consultation at our Norwich dental practice for dental implants or All-on-4, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team, who can arrange this for you.