As people age, their oral health tends to decline, and they often either lose teeth or have them removed to prevent further health complications. The loss of teeth poses several problems for people. For example, they are often unable to chew their food properly or talk without difficulty. Physical self-consciousness unfortunately also accompanies tooth loss.
Fortunately, there are options out there for people requiring, or desiring, replacement teeth: dentures and dental implants. Let's explore both options so you can decide which one is best for you.Dentures Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures are used when you still retain some of your natural teeth. Pros
- Low cost
- Accurate fitting
- Contoured and stained to give your smile a natural look
- Can be purchased same day
- Minimal surgery
- Slipping and movement
- Problems eating
- Irritation and sores on the gums
- Require a replacement with time
- Secure bond that doesn’t slip or move
- Low maintenance
- Often permanent
- Look & function like normal teeth
- Help prevent gum and bone degeneration
- More expensive
- Require surgery
- Not everyone is a candidate for the surgery
- There is a risk of complications related to implant therapy
- Total treatment and installation of the implant takes between 5 and 8 months
- Some insurance companies do not cover the cost
In most cases, dentists and oral surgeons recommend dental implants because they are a treatment that will last your entire life, and because they look and function like normal teeth. But dental implants aren’t an option for a small number of the population.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will perform an oral exam to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Some general health conditions do not allow individuals to proceed with dental implant therapy, but usually the major determining factor is the amount and location of available bone. Some patients suffer implant rejection, but that is common in less than five percent of patients who have had the procedure.
Talk to your dentist, periodontist, and oral surgeon about the options available for replacing your missing teeth, so you can go back to smiling with confidence. Call the Azarko Dental Group at (780) 483-7079 today to learn more about Edmonton dentures.