Are you missing a number of teeth? Have you been considering whether to get dentures to replace them or if another option might be right for you? Whether your teeth have been lost due to injury or due to some other factor, you're not alone. Every year, many people need to have their natural teeth replaced with artificial ones. While many people opt for dentures, they certainly aren't your only choice. Another popular option instead of dentures is to get one or more dental implants. These have a variety of advantages over traditional dentures, some of which include:
More natural appearance: Because dentures need to fit over your natural gums for a secure fit, they aren't always the most natural looking solution. The shape of your mouth could mean that even the most skilled dentist might struggle to get you the most natural looking teeth possible. Dental implants, on the other hand, are held in place by a system of posts that are implanted directly into your gums. This means both a much more secure fit and a more natural one as less material is needed to keep the implants in place, something that helps to prevent a "bulky" or "too large" smile.
Eat more foods: Even if you get a relatively natural fit with your dentures, they're often largely cosmetic in function. While there is nothing wrong with this, you may find yourself being disappointed about being unable to eat an apple or having to struggle to eat certain cuts of meat. Fortunately, because of the stronger hold of dental implants, they have much less of an issue with these types of foods. While you still have to be concerned about chipping your teeth, just as you'd have to worry about your natural teeth, you won't have to worry about your false teeth falling out or otherwise making it more difficult than usual to eat most foods.
Longer lasting: With standard dentures, it's recommended that you have them remade or relined every 5-7 years or so. This is due to your gum line changing shape due to the lack of teeth helping them to keep their form. The posts of dental implants, on the other hand, provide a similar function to natural teeth. This helps to keep your gums strong and healthy, even after your teeth have been removed. In addition, because the posts don't change place, you may be able to use the same implants for a lifetime, if cared for properly.