Gaps and missing teeth are often replaced with dental implants or dentures. But what’s the difference, and what factors will determine which is best for you? Here we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty about each type of dental procedure so you can understand what your dentist is recommending and why.
We all remember our grandparents pulling out their dentures to give us a little scare as a child. Fortunately, today’s dentures are nothing like they were in the past. They are discreet, comfortable and can be made to look like your natural teeth. When properly fitted to your mouth, they can improve the appearance of the teeth as well as prevent neighbouring ones from shifting into the missing tooth area. However, dentures do require some altering to your neighbouring teeth and tissue to create support, so they are only a viable option when your gums and jaw have become too weak to use dental implants. They also need to be taken out before sleeping and cleaned daily. So they’re not entirely discreet, which is why some people prefer dental implants over dentures.
A dental implant, on the other hand, replaces the missing tooth’s structure by way of an implant that gets embedded into the jaw. An artificial tooth is then attached to the implant to mirror your original teeth. This creates stability and helps to prevent bone shrinkage and further tooth loss. And since they are permanent, your other teeth will be left unaffected which can improve your overall long-term oral health. But what really makes dental implants the most popular restoration option is their durability and permanence. Once they’re in, they don’t need to be removed when you’re sleeping or eating which make them very convenient. Plus, they can last a lifetime with proper care – dentures often have to be refitted and replaced.
At Yazdani Dental, we use state-of-the-art dentistry to replace any missing teeth with dental implants. The materials we use will perfectly match your surrounding teeth, so you don’t have to worry about people noticing a difference. If you have missing teeth or a gap you want to be filled, come visit our clinic or contact us today to talk to one of our specialists about dental implants. We’ll help find you an option that fits your needs and budget.