For most of the patients we see here at CK Dental in Bristol who are suffering from missing teeth, the one thing that is holding them back from opting for dental implants over dentures, or ‘false teeth’, is the cost.
There is no denying that implants do come at a much higher price point than dentures, but they do also come with several advantages, and could even save you money in the long term. Here are just some of the reasons why implants are the better choice:
Implants are securely bonded to your jaw
That means they won’t slip around and become noticeable, they won’t get stuck in certain foods and they won’t make it difficult for you to talk. In fact, implants look, feel and behave exactly like your natural teeth.
Dentures, on the other hand, can move around within the mouth, causing problems with eating and speaking. In fact, some of the patients we have seen at our Bristol dentist practice have even found that this slippage has caused sores in the mouth, where their dentures have rubbed against the gums.
Implants are permanent
Whilst you do of course need to take care of your dental implants, just as you would your natural teeth, they are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth. Dentures, on the other hand, need more daily care than your natural teeth and will eventually need to be replaced.
Implants help to preserve the face
Loss of teeth can be very ageing, not just because of the visible gaps in your smile, but because your jaw can recede as a result, causing your face to sink downwards. Implants help to preserve the gum and bone of the jaw, preventing this recession, whereas dentures can only hide the gaps where your teeth are missing.