Life would be wonderful if we had one set of permanent, indestructible teeth. Or if we lost a tooth, mother nature saw fit to grow one back in a few days.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Once your adult teeth arrive, you had better take good care of them, because once they’re gone, that’s it.
Even if you do take care of them, you can be unlucky. Accidents, assaults, or illness can take your teeth away from you through no fault of your own.
However, the good news is, if you do lose your teeth, there are still options available.
Replacing lost teeth
Artificial teeth are surprisingly common. You probably know someone with false teeth, dental implants, or dentures.
By replacing missing teeth, you can start to regain your confidence by smiling again and enjoy eating normal food again.
There are different options available, with the two most common solutions being dentures and dental implants.
Dentures have been around for years, and these are very common with the older generations (think George Washington and his false wooden teeth!)
Dentures are designed to fit over your gums, and are made of an acrylic plastic, which can be removed if necessary. The iconic image of false teeth sitting in a glass of water on a bedside table springs to mind.
Dental implants on the other hand, are individual teeth which screw permanently into your jaw. They are designed to look and feel natural, and can be cleaned and brushed just like real teeth.
Advantages of dental implants over dentures
While both options will do an excellent job of replacing lost teeth, dental implants are by far the better choice.
Dental implants will last a lifetime
If looked after properly, dental implants are a life-long solution. Once the procedure is over, you shouldn’t need any follow-up treatments or regular inspections (other than your normal dental check-up). Dentures on the other hand, are affected by everyday wear and tear, and need to be reshaped, refitted, or realigned over time.
Eat whatever you want with implants
Dentures may look good, but they’re not very efficient when it comes to food. In fact, it’s estimated that people with dentures can only eat around 20% of what they would usually eat, and is limited to soft foods like soup, pudding, and mashed potatoes. Dental implants don’t work like dentures by covering up your gums, and so you can still eat anything you want.
Implants maintain your appearance and give you improved quality of life
Dentures are a prosthetic, like a false arm or leg, only this time it’s in your mouth. This leads to the threat of food becoming trapped under them, causing pain and discomfort. And because dentures constantly move around, this can add extra stress onto your gums and jaw, affecting your speech and increasing the risk of painful ulcers. Dental implants, on the other hand, are designed to replace individual teeth, and act the same way natural teeth do. They look and feel like real teeth, and you never have to worry about them changing or falling out.
Implants keep your mouth and jawline natural
If you have lost some teeth, your jawbone shrinks around that area, “filling in” the gaps. This can result in premature ageing around your mouth and face. Dental implants preserve facial contours by stimulating and preserving existing bone, helping your face stay more natural looking, just as if you have your original teeth.
When people who have had dentures for years switch to implants, they can’t believe the difference and the common saying is “everything just feels better”
The advantages of dental implants mean they are more comfortable, look more natural, allow you to eat what you want and require less maintenance than dentures.
Upgrade your dentures – and your life
If you’ve been wearing dentures and want to switch to benifit from the advantages of dental implants, then come and have a chat to us.
It’s not a difficult choice to make; you can have a more varied and exciting diet with implants as they look and feel better, and they won’t fall out when you laugh!
We always use the best for our patients, which is why when it comes to dental implants, we only use Premium European. These All-On-4 dental implants are scientifically approved and rigorously tested, boasting a greater than 98% success rate.
Hundreds of patients have come to us as one of the leading implant practices in Australia. And as one of only a handful of practices in the country to be named a Leading Implant Centre of the World, you can rest assured you are in the right hands.
Dentures can hurt.
They can be embarrassing.
They reduce your food options.
They need constant attention.
Forget all that and go for the advantages of dental implants instead.
Contact us today if you have any questions about dental implants, or any of the other services and procedures we offer here.