If you’re missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest a couple of different solutions. Inexpensive bridges and dentures are options that will help you leave behind the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Another recommendation your dentist may make is full mouth dental implants.
Though pricey, implants offer distinct advantages over other treatments, especially when compared to dentures. Understanding these benefits can help you make an educated decision and get back your bright smile full of healthy teeth.
The problems caused by missing teeth can have significant effects on an individual’s life; what used to be done in unconscious and normal ways – such as smiling, eating, and speaking – can suddenly become very challenging or difficult tasks to manage, when teeth are lost. The search for quick solutions to missing teeth concerns may lead to the use of dentures, but the removable nature of dentures have the tendency to result to more problems in the long run.
Dental Implants – Multiple Tooth Implant
If you are missing a number of adjacent teeth, they may either be replaced with individual implants (one for each missing tooth), or by joining two or more implants together. This latter option can make implant treatment more affordable when patients are missing many teeth.
The importance of replacing missing back teeth (your molar teeth) cannot be over-emphasised, as these are the large multi-rooted teeth that are designed to do the main work of chewing your food. They are your grinding and crunching teeth – the power-houses of your bite.
When molar teeth have been lost, all of this chewing workload gets transferred to the single-rooted teeth at the front of your mouth (your food has to be chewed by something!). These front teeth are simply not designed to grind and crunch food in the way your molar teeth are, and these excess stresses on your front teeth will inevitably cause damage in the long term.
The use of implants provides several advantages over partial dentures:
No bone loss or refitting needed
With partial dentures, the lack of tooth roots (or implants) deprive the jaw of stimulation needed to maintain optimum bone levels. This causes bone loss and can lead to other problems in your jaw. In addition, it often necessitates another visit to the dentist to re-fit the dentures to new jaw contours.
Implants don’t have to be taken out and cleaned
Partial dentures require adhesives to attach them to the gums, a substance that can be messy and sometimes doesn’t work well at all. The fixed in nature of dental implants is often a relief to those who’ve struggled with finding an adhesive that will make their dentures stay in place.
Dental implants don’t irritate your gums
Partial dentures that slip and slide can cause sore and irritated gums. After the initial recovery from dental implantation, soreness and irritation becomes a thing of the past.
You’ll also never have to get up in the morning and “put in your teeth” before facing the world!