When you have a missing tooth, there are many options. If you are missing all your teeth though, your choices come down to two options; dentures or implants. Many people are hesitant with either option because it’s a big decision. With the average age of people in the United States needing their first denture at 17.6 years old, people want something natural and effective. The downside is if you aren’t happy with the choice you make, most people don’t have the finances to switch right away. To help you make a more informed decision, here are some of the different considerations for both options.
While wearing false teeth has been the most accepted practice for decades, so have many of the problems that come along with them. Here are the most common complaints of denture wearers:
- Fit: Even with the most careful measurements, the fit isn’t always right. If they end up being too big, wearing them is difficult and awkward. If they come back too small, they pinch the gums, causing pain. To make things even more difficult, fit can change over time.
- Secure Fit: Daytime commercials are a parade of products that promise to keep dentures on the gums. Strips, gels, creams, and more all promise that they can keep teeth on strong, but when they don’t work, chewing and talking become difficult.
- Natural Look and Feel: When smiling, talking, and eating don’t feel natural, it’s easy to feel uncomfortable in social settings. While most dentures look realistic, there are some that still look unnatural, with oversized teeth, or an unnatural shape. No one likes feeling self-conscience allthe time.
Dentures are the only option for some patients. We strongly recommend letting us do an oral exam before you get your heart set on one solution. Because dental implants require titanium screws to be placed into the gums, it is not possible for everyone. Some disqualifiers include bad general health, a compromised immune system, not enough gum tissue, and inadequate bone in the jaw.
Implant dentures are the other main option for patients. These are attached to screws, so they are firmly in place. We can remove them if necessary, but the fit is never compromised from using the denture placement products used with traditional dentures. The benefits of this option include
- Secure, firm fit
- Feel and look real
- Less hassle with more confidence
The process takes longer because they are installed in several steps. First, you come in to our office and we place the screws in your gums. For the titanium screws to fuse to the bone, it needs three to six months to heal completely. After that time, you come in and we place the implant on the screws. For maintenance, you don’t need to do anything special. Brush and floss the teeth like normal and come in for regular check-ups and cleanings.
If you would like to see if you qualify for implant dentures, make an appointment with our office today. We’d love to talk to you about your options and show you why we specialize in placing them. We want all our patients to feel confident in their smile and comfortable in their life.