When you lose your teeth, what should you choose? Implants or dentures?
WALTHAM – Nobody doubts that a perfect smile is a business card for any occasion. It's why we learned as a child a huge number of tools to keep our buccal health.
But what nobody expects is that we can lose our teeth and when it happens it is time to look for alternatives to replace them. There are a lot of questions about what option works better for you.
You can choose among permanent dentures, movable dentures, and implants. Each one has a different technique and it's necessary to observe the patient's general and buccal health to pick the ideal treatment for him.
The permanent dentures are recommended for whom lost one or more teeth, but not all of them. This happens because the denture needs other teeth to be fixed in your mouth. On the other hand, the movable denture replaces all of the dental arch.
The patient may prefer the implant that can replace a tooth or the entire dental arch. The method uses a pin inside the mouth bone and the prosthesis comes on it.
According to the dentist Jeff Cummings, there is a generation who is afraid of dental treatments and avoids more incisive procedures like implants.
However, the specialist guarantees that there is no pain on 90% of the implants procedures and it can be easily controlled by anti-inflammatories.
Implant treatments register only a few cases of rejections and result in high-quality materials and modern techniques which guarantee that a few trips to the dentist will completely modify a smile.
“The implant replaces the movable denture that is uncomfortable and constricts most people,” Cummings observes. “My patient leaves my office with the self-esteem recovered and feeling free to smile, eat and talk,” completes.
The dentist also emphasizes that every treatment, implant or prosthesis, must match the patient’s face. “By evaluating your overall facial appearance and incorporating aesthetic techniques into the design of your dentures, we can deliver a prosthetic that helps you look healthy and youthful.”
The implant also is more attractive when you think about durability. If a person maintains good oral hygiene, the implants will never need to be replaced, while dentures may need to be changed every five years.
"The implants' durability can vary, but, in general, 98% of the treatments are successful and permanent,” affirms Jeff Cummings, one of the best implantology specialists in the United States.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages: it is movable and the cleaning is done out of the mouth. It is cheaper.
Disadvantages: it is movable, which can hurt people’s confidence and impair their ability to chew. Because of the bone loss, stimulation from teeth also may cause bone structure reabsorption, resulting in pain.
Advantages: it makes the patient feels more confident than the movable prosthesis. It is cheaper than an implant.
Disadvantages: professional needs to grind the teeth to fix the denture into its proper place.
Advantages: it gives mores stability and improves the functionality of your bite.
Disadvantages: requires a surgical procedure.