Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Why should you replace missing teeth?
- If you want to restore your ability to chew well, boost your self-confidence and protect the reaining teeth in your mouth, teeth replacement should be considered.
- You should know that even though each tooth is unique and grows as a single entity; all the teeth in your mouth are interdependent.
- When one tooth is lost the other teeth in the mouth tend to shift from their position due to the empty space adjacent to them. The teeth in the opposite jaw can also tilt and drift which can in turn lead to other oral health problems.
These are just some of the reasons you may want to think about getting dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
When one talks about replacing all or multiple missing teeth, two options come to mind – dentures and dental implants. It is important for you to consider the differences between the two – namely :
- comfort and durability
- cost and confidence
Comfort: People who use dentures sooner or later begin to face discomfort because of shrinkage of jaw bone and gum tissues over time. This causes the dentures to fit loosely which in turn can be a cause of gum irritation and mouth sores.
- In your lifetime you would need to adjust your denture multiple times, taking into account gum and bone shrinkage, making sure they continue to fit well.
- You may also need to use a messy dental adhesive if you want a good fit.
- Dental implants on the other hand can provide a fixed and long term solution. They look and function close to natural teeth. Dental implant teeth provide similar biting force as natural teeth and your taste does not get affected unlike dentures which cover the upper palate.
Durability – Dentures need to be replaced or refitted because of gum and bone shrinkage. This also reude the bite force and chewing capacity.
Dental implants are a fixed long term solution for missing teeth. They are stronger,durable and provide bite force close to natural teeth. They also prevent bone atrophy and gum shrinkage.
Cost-take a long term view!
In the short term, Dentures are a less expensive option because they can be made easily and quickly unlike implants. However, consider
- The messy adhesive -Fear of teeth falling out –Limited food options and chewing abilityDental implants can add value to your limited function:
- No adhesives -Fixed or stable teeth replacement –Eat what you love!
Confidence – Dentures can be embarrassing due to slippage and restrictions to eat and speak. Implant teeth function just like stable, normal teeth if they are properly placed by an experienced dentist(see Dr.Madhur’s profile). They can restore your confidence and smile confidently when you switch from dentures to dental implants or if you are replacing missing teeth permanently.
Dental implants are highly successful
For teeth replacement and restorative dentistry, dental implants are a highly successful procedure. According to recent studies, the five-year success rate for lower jaw implants is 95% while for upper jaw implants it is 90%. Individual assessment is critical in deciding the most relevant options for you.
Our aim is to provide superior dental health care to residents of Camberwell and Collingwood, including Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Canterbury, Deepdene, Murrumbeena, Chadstone, Mount Waverley, and Glen Waverley.