Missing A Tooth? A Better Option Than Dentures
More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth according to data from the American College of Prosthodontics. And Jenny Lord, RDH, of Perry Family Dental Care adds that there’s a “significant need” for replacement teeth in the Monadnock Region.
Whether one’s teeth have been damaged in an accident or deteriorated through age, there are replacement options available. And while you’re probably familiar with dentures, there’s a better, more efficient solution to missing teeth: dental implants.
What’s the Difference?
The biggest difference between dental implants and dentures is that implants are a more permanent solution to tooth loss.
“You can’t reverse tooth decay,” Jenny says, “but implants can replace damaged or missing teeth seamlessly.”
Dental implants are composed of two parts: a titanium screw inserted into your jawbone that anchors the implant, and a custom crown that matches your existing teeth.
Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth. Partial dentures can replace missing teeth by forming bridges, while complete dentures fit over your gums after all of your teeth have been removed.
Dental implants feel and function like real teeth. While dentures require special maintenance and have to be removed regularly for cleaning, implants require the same cleaning practices as regular teeth.
Additionally, dentures typically have a number of limitations. Patients have to be cautious about eating certain foods. Dentures can also impact your speech pattern, as concerns over slippage affect your pronunciation. Implants restore your normal chewing capacity, and their realistic feel allows for natural pronunciation.
Since every patient’s needs are different, it’s necessary to discuss the cost of dental implant surgery with a dentist to get an accurate price.
In general, implants are more expensive than dentures initially. However, their longevity and durability can offset the initial expense.
When properly cared for, modern dental implants can last the rest of your life . Proper brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning appointments will prolong your implant’s lifetime.
Complete dentures, on the other hand, need to be replaced or relined every five to six years. Add these fees to the cost of liners, adhesives, and specialized cleaning products, and the price will likely equal or exceed the initial investment in dental implants.
Jenny finds that Perry Family Dental Care’s patients experience powerful emotional benefits as a result of their dental implant surgery.
“People stop smiling when they have missing teeth,” Jenny says. “After they receive implants, our patients are much more confident.”
Research shows that dental implants can greatly increase your mental health and quality of life. Patients who received implants experienced a boost in their oral health and reported an improvement in their mental state. Dental implants do more than replace missing teeth; they instill self-confidence and promote general well-being.
Before making any decisions about implants or dentures, Jenny recommends that you consult with your dentist. They will be able to identify the best solutions, and will review the procedure and pricing for both options.
“Every patient is different,” Jenny explains. “Our dentists will be able to truly evaluate your needs at an appointment.”
Dental implants are an investment in your future, and can last the rest of your lifetime. If you’re interested in reclaiming your smile and confidence, make an appointment with your dentist today and discuss whether implants are right for you.
Perry Family Dental Care has locations in Antrim, Keene and Peteroborugh. Find out more at perryfamilydentalcare.com