Smile, dental care is nothing to be afraid of.
Tooth enamel may well be the human body’s hardest surface. But even though great strides have been made in dental health so that, as we get older, we tend to keep our teeth longer, people between 40 and 60 are often faced with difficult choices about dental implants vs. dentures.At times like these, you may have to seek out a cosmetic dental clinic instead of visiting your general dentist.
Dentures are basically false teeth. Although quality has improved substantially through the ages, they’re still not an ideal choice for everyone. Dentures must be secured with a special, specific adhesive, without which (and sometimes even with) they may slide out of position while eating (or even during conversation). This is embarrassing – mortifying even. Another similar option, partial dentures, can result in infection and may even cause decay in other, nearby teeth when they’re not properly fitted. In the end, this just increases the risk of requiring a filling for the adjoining tooth, sending you back to your general dentist on top of the cosmetic dental procedures you’ve had done. If, however, your gums and/or jaw bones have already reached a certain level of weakness and decay, dentures of either kind might be the best option.
If your gums and jawbone are reasonably healthy and you’re otherwise in decent health but are missing teeth, dental implants could prove to be the correct choice for your needs. Implants tend to be much more like natural teeth than dentures. Dental implants resemble screws with a cylindrical shape and serve as a stand-in for the roots of a tooth that’s missing.
Generally, implants are comprised of titanium (or other materials that don’t trigger allergic or adverse reactions when joined with the jawbone and/or gum tissues.
The process of getting properly fitted for a dental implant can take a few months; usually there are three phases:
You must first have a surgical procedure, during which the implant is placed in the jaw. It’s then left to integrate into the jawbone for anywhere from three to six months, sitting covered in local gum tissue.
The dentist will instill a post for the implant; the gum tissue will begin to grow up and around it. The implant and the post serve as a combined team that will anchor the replacement tooth.
The dentist will attach a custom built crown to the post, thus finalizing the process.
Dental implants offer a much more natural feeling solution to the problem of missing teeth, especially when it comes to everyday necessities like eating and speaking. Also, there’s no messy process of having to remove them like there is with dentures, nor is there as much concern about repair.Nonetheless, you’ll still want to make regular visits to the dentist to keep your implants in the best condition possible along with twice-daily brushing and flossing.
It should be noted that dental implants are, indeed, more expensive than dentures – finding affordable cosmetic dentistry or ‘dental implants cheap’ can prove challenging. Looking a dental implant clinic that will let you pay in installments might be one solution – ask your general dentist for a recommendation if you’re at a loss.
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