Missing teeth can be a real problem. There are a whole range of reasons why you might be missing a tooth, whether it’s the result of an accident, gum disease or tooth decay.
If you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth, you have a key decision to make. Should you opt for dentures or a dental implant?
Why choose dentures?
You may be more familiar with dentures. These are the traditional ‘false teeth’ that are held in place on the gum by denture adhesive. They’re available as a full set or as a partial set, depending on your requirements.
Dentures are an affordable choice. Many people use them as a temporary option while they are considering a more permanent fix. Dentures can also be very useful for people who don’t have healthy enough gums or a strong enough jawbone for a dental implant.
Why choose a dental implant?
A dental implant is a much more permanent fix. Your dentist will fit an implant by inserting a strong metal rod down through your gum and into your jawbone. This will then serve as a base for a new composite tooth.
Dental implants are a popular choice as they don’t need to be removed at the end of the day and will never slip out of place. They’re also much more natural looking.
People generally find dental implants more comfortable to wear than dentures. They completely remove the possibility of denture irritation.
Whether you need just one tooth to be replaced or multiple teeth, once you’ve had a dental implant fitted you won’t need to worry about it again for twenty years or more.