As high end procedures lower in price many patients are frequently using dental implants to repair damages, rather than using more traditional treatment methods such as dentures. But what exactly are dental implants? And what makes them so different from false teeth? Here are some answers on the differences and what may help in making your decision for achieving the perfect smile.
While many people continue to wear dentures with comfort, implants are now considered the preferred treatment for replacing lost teeth. The procedure is also pretty straightforward. A Gentle Dental oral surgeon places a titanium screw in the jaw bone, and prosthetic teeth are secured to the implant. It takes five to eight months to fix the prosthetic tooth onto the implant.
Dentures on the other hand take several appointments over the course of three to six weeks. In the first appointment, impressions of the jaw and tooth structure are taken. Wax or plastic molds are then created and tried on before a final cast is made.
Over time dentures are likely to loosen as your gums and jaw structure change with aging. This can cause the denture to move as well as cause clicking sounds when you eat or speak. The ability to chew is also greatly reduced compared with natural teeth.
Â Dental implants, on the other-hand are very stable thanks to their root-like portion which fits into the bone socket. People who have implant-supported artificial teeth can chew efficiently and very rarely need the implants replaced. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
From reading the above you would think it is a “no brainer”, that the choice would be implants over dentures. But that isn’t always the case. Diabetics and smokers are usually recommended alternative treatments to implants as osseo-integration can take longer. That is because many of these types of patients are likely to have a weak jaw line needed to support them.
Dentures may also be the preferred treatment when a patient has lost many or all of your teeth, and are considered a more affordable alternative for patients suffering from tooth decay, periodontal disease
, ageing or tooth damage.