6 Oct

Implants or Dentures – which tooth replacement is right for you?

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Missing a tooth, or maybe even several teeth? Don’t worry, today there is more than one viable option for people who want to replace their missing teeth. The most common alternatives are dental implants or dentures.

In this article with look at the two options in more detail, but we recommend you discuss the different solutions and their features with your dentist before deciding which treatment is right for you.

What Are Implants?

You can replace a single tooth or a few teeth permanently with help of dental implants. An implant is a titanium post that is surgically screwed into the jaw in place of the missing tooth. With time the implant fuses with the jawbone and a crown is then attached to the implant to mimic the missing tooth. Made to blend in perfectly with the natural teeth, implants are a very durable solutions and can last a lifetime if maintained properly.

The Pros & Cons

There are many pros to dental implants, some of which include:

  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Look and blend perfectly with natural teeth
  • A long lasting or even permanent solution
  • Promote bone growth in the jaw to prevent it from shrinking

There are some drawbacks however, some of which include:

  • A big initial cost (they may last a lifetime however)
  • Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures which can take several months
  • May require bone grafting prior to the procedure

Who Is Eligible?

It’s likely your dentist will recommend that you get implants if you are only missing one or a few of your teeth as they offer more support than dentures. This procedure is only recommended to patients with good oral health and who are non-smokers. If you suffer from a medical condition such as a blood clotting disorder, bone diseases or immune system deficiency you will not be eligible for dental implants.

You must also have adequate bone density and strength to support a dental implant.

What Are Dentures?

Traditional full dentures are made to replace the entire arch of your teeth, however there are partial dentures as well. Dentures are a quick fix to replace your missing teeth and comfortably slip over your gum line. They are secured using dental implants while still being easily removable. Modern dentures are made to look natural and are a great option if you’re not eligible for dental implants.

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The Pros & Cons

There are many pros to dentures, some of which include:

  • A less costly alternative to implants
  • A quicker, less invasive solution than dental implants
  • Option of removable or fixed (implant-retained)
  • Most people are eligible for full or partial dentures

There are some drawbacks however, some of which include:

  • Looks and feels less natural to dental implants
  • Need to replace and pay for new devices every 5-7 years
  • There may be movements or slippage
  • A longer adjustment period for wearing them
  • Can cause discomfort and irritation

Who Is Eligible?

People of all ages can wear dentures, not just seniors. They are a great option for people who cannot afford or are otherwise not eligible for dental implants. The type of dentures is usually determined by the number of teeth missing.

The Bottom Line

Dental implants are superior in terms of look, feel and functionality. They are also the better alternative in terms of longevity and maintenance when compared to dentures. However, dental implants may not a feasible option for some patients who lack the required health or finances. For those people, dentures provide an affordable, high-quality prosthetic alternative that looks natural and can help restore your smile.

Tooth & Teeth Replacement at GC Dental Solutions

What solution is best suited for you should ultimately be based on you personal circumstances and your dentist’s recommendations.

We are your local Helensvale dentist who can provide a range of preventive and restorative treatments to help maintain your oral health. We also provide other general dentistry services like Root Canal Therapy and Veneers.

Contact our dentists today at GC Dental Solutions on (07) 5573 1368 to discuss your options and book an appointment for your initial consultation.


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