When it comes to addressing missing teeth, there are two main options: dentures and dental implants.
From the outside, dentures can seem like the easier path to go down, but they come with a number of shortfalls and drawbacks.
Dentures are only a temporary solution to the problem of missing teeth; as the mouth changes shape over time, dentures slowly lose their natural fit and become uncomfortable and loose.
Dentures also fail to address the weakening of the jawbone that occurs when teeth are missing.
Over time, this looseness makes dentures more likely to fall out, and eventually, they will require replacing.
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Dr Ali Rifai is a dental implant specialist and has been placing implants successfully for a number of years.
When asked on which is better, he commented that ‘dental implants are certainly a stronger and more durable solution for missing teeth, especially where multiple tooth loss is concerned’.
Because of their tendency to fall out, dentures will typically require a dental adhesive.
As well as being embarrassing, loose dentures can also promote infection and decay, potentially increasing the need for a tooth filling later on.
Dental implants resolve these problems, whilst also being incredibly long-lasting, easy to maintain and undetectable.
One of the great advantages of dental implants is that, once the healing process is complete, most patients are able to treat them just like regular teeth, eliminating the need for adhesive, removal or special cleaning.
Treat your implants well, and they could last a lifetime.
However, when it comes to comparing dental implants and dentures, dentures are significantly less expensive.
This leads many to disregard implants entirely without considering the broader picture.
Whilst dentures certainly are cheaper in the short term, the long-term upkeep is generally overlooked; from cleaning solutions and adhesives to repair and all-out replacement, dentures become more and more costly over time.
Dental implants, on the other hand, require very little upkeep in the long run outside of standard dental care.
This makes the cost of implants far more representative than that of dentures, particularly as time goes on.
In the long-term, dental implants are not only more practical but possibly less expensive too. For more information on the benefits of implants over dentures, click here.
Another benefit of dental implants is the different varieties that we offer: these are Implant-Retained Dentures, All-on-Four (same day teeth) and zygomatic. Traditional dental implants are the most common type of implant.
In this instance, a screw is placed into the jawbone itself, creating a sturdy and durable bond.
However, this procedure requires a strong and healthy jawbone to attach to and can be a little invasive for some.
All-on-Four implants solve this as they require no no bone grafts or regeneration.
This means the healing time is reduced and you can leave our implant clinic with new teeth after just one appointment – making them a more popular and affordable solution.
Should neither of these work for you, then the zygomatic implant is also an option. This does away with the jawbone altogether, instead opting for the cheekbone as an anchor. zygomatic implants are the rarest dental implant procedure types, existing as an option for those with exceptionally small jawbones.
The variety of procedures we offer is what makes dental implants so successful,with a world-leading 98.2% of our patients enjoying successful implants that last decades or even lifetimes.
That said, there are many reasons why a dental implant might fail.
The most common of these is unhealthy gums. Usually, a dentist will not operate on a patient who has severe gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
This is because the implant requires a firm foundation within the jawbone as well as a healthy gumline in order to bond correctly.
Some patients may have healthy gums but still not qualify for the procedure due to an insufficient jawbone size.
Without this, the implant will not have enough space to secure itself, leading to failure later on.
Smoking is universally damaging to a person’s health, and gums are no different.
Smoking restricts the blood flowing to the gums and can cause them to recede. Whilst smoking does not guarantee you will be denied treatment, it does increase this likelihood, as well as significantly slowing down the recovery and healing process.
However, no two mouths are the same, so it is always worth booking a consultation with us to find out if dental implants are right for you.
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