Tooth loss is understandably traumatic for those suffering from it and losing our teeth is something many of us face during our lifetime, some of us when young and some much later. However, if this happens, be safe in the knowledge that there are plenty of natural-looking, comfortable and affordable options for you to try.
What’s the difference between dentures and implants?
When we get down to the nitty gritty, both options serve the same purpose: to help you chew your food, support facial muscles, improve speech and increase self-esteem. Everyone has the right to a smile they feel confident about and either of these paths could give you back a little bit of normality.
Dentures are removable appliances with prosthetic teeth attached to them, they can be designed either to fit the replacement of a single tooth (partial dentures) or multiple teeth.
They are made by creating an impression of your mouth and your dentist will then study your bite and alignment to make sure the replacement will work to its full potential. Then a preliminary set will be made and following a fitting, adjustment to make them perfect for you.
Dentures are removable and are held in place using an adhesive bond that sticks them to your gums. Some people express frustration at having to remove them at night and that they can sometimes slip and cause speech issues – however, if you’re looking for a less invasive, cheaper solution to tooth loss this could be right for you.
Implants Sheffield work differently to dentures as they are a fixed appliance. They are a metal fixture that is attached to the jawbone and then used as an anchor to support your false tooth or teeth.
When you first consult your dentist for implants they will check if there is enough bone to attach the brackets to. The process of fitting the prosthetic root, called a post, is a little invasive as a hole is drilled into the bone, but you will be treated with a local anaesthetic. After a few weeks or months when the bone has begun to grow back around the post you will have your false tooth fitted, (known as a crown), into place. The tooth replacement will be designed to look like your natural teeth and so will be very subtle and natural looking.
The cost of implants can be a little more expensive, however, what you are left with is a fully functioning tooth that you will be able to treat as if it were real. There will be no need to remove it at night nor would you need to worry about it slipping in your mouth.
Factors aiding your decision
When you come to make your choice you should consider a number of factors. Your age can have a bearing on what is suitable for you and implantation is invasive and costly, also you may not have enough bone density for implants so dentures may fit the bill.
But as far as function and feel go, you may be looking for a more natural finish than dentures can provide. And if you are not likely or able to care for dentures you should consider implants.