If you have missing teeth, getting a replacement will prevent your other teeth from shifting and restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. When it comes to replacement options, your main choices are dentures and dental implants. Here is more information on the benefits and disadvantages of each to help you make an informed decision with a trusted dentist.
Are Implants Right for Me?
If you are only missing a few teeth and want a hassle-free solution, dental implants are a promising option to replace missing teeth. They are created from durable materials, attached to your jaw bone, and are close in appearance to natural teeth. Implants are relatively low-maintenance as they will only require periodic checkups in addition to your regular dental care.
A single implant requires multiple visits and surgery. You will need to take time off of work for the procedure, and there is a slight risk for complications with any surgery, like infection. You may need a bone graft or sinus lift in preparation for the implant, and the post has to be installed and allowed to cement to your jaw bone, which can take over a month. After this, you will need to be fitted for a crown to top the titanium post, which takes another visit and more time.
Should I Get Dentures?
Dentures are ideal for those who are missing multiple teeth or have teeth in poor condition. You can get full or partial sets that are customized to your teeth and mouth, without any surgery, risks, or downtime. They successfully restore a full, healthy smile that enables you to eat and speak better, and one pair can last for several years when well cared for. For convenience and comfort, you can remove them when you are at home, and they can be adjusted by an experienced dentist for a more comfortable fit at any time.
A set of false teeth requires more maintenance than implants. They need to be removed nightly, cleaned after every meal, and handled carefully, as they are susceptible to damage when dropped. They can also dry out and become unwearable. Getting a set of dentures takes time, and metal framework may be slightly visible, so they might not look as natural as implants.
If you need implants or dentures, turn to the team at Dentaworks Hawaii in Honolulu, HI. For over 30 years these professionals have provided reliable dental care to patients of all ages across the island of Oahu. Using their decades of experience, they will help you decide whether dentures or implants are best for you and explain the risks and benefits of each option. With modern technology, like safer digital X-rays, they will care for your whole family, offering pediatric, general, and emergency care. Learn more about their services online, and call (808) 528-1200 to schedule your consultation.