What is the Best Alternative to Dentures?
For many of us, the word ‘dentures’ conjures images of comedy skits showing dentures popping out and chattering across the floor, or your own grandmother’s teeth sitting in a glass of water on the bedside table.
Needless to say, dentures don’t always have the greatest reputation (and unfortunately have a social stigma that the dental industry just can’t seem to shake).
This leaves those in need of teeth replacement asking:
What is the best alternative to dentures?
Although modern dentures have made significant advancements in recent years, they can still be a less than ideal solution for the replacement of missing teeth, leaving many people seeking out alternative options to classic dentures
The good news is that there are incredibly reliable, durable, and aesthetic alternatives that are as beautiful as they are functional. Best of all, these alternatives to dentures look, feel and act just like your own natural pearly whites.
Read on and learn more about how you can take advantage of advancements in modern dentistry to get the smile you deserve.
What are Dentures?
Simply put, dentures are removable false teeth made from acrylic, composite, porcelain or other materials. Dentures are individually fabricated to fit your mouth, comprised of a pinkish gum-colored base lined with prosthetic teeth.
The dentures are supported by the soft and hard tissues in the dental cavity and can be used to replace individual missing teeth (known as partial dentures) or a full set of upper and/or lower teeth (known as full dentures).
What are The Pros and Cons of Dentures?
Dentures have been in use in one form or another since at least the 1700s. Why have dentures managed to endure all this time? Because despite their shortcomings, they do generally serve their function with the bonus of being relatively inexpensive compared to other forms of replacement teeth.
However, dentures are still far from ideal. Many who use dentures report difficulty chewing many of their favorite foods and sometimes also have trouble speaking as they once did. Additionally, the pressure applied when wearing dentures can lead to bone loss over time, causing slippage and discomfort.
What are the Best Denture Alternatives?
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most popular alternatives to dentures, offering a permanent, reliable solution to missing, broken or damaged teeth. A dental implant consists of a small post which is embedded directly into the jaw and allowed to fuse with the bone. This post then acts as a base for a replacement tooth or bridge.
Dental implants look, feel and perform just like the real thing, making them an often-favored option for restoring teeth. Unlike dentures and other less-permanent solutions, implants are low maintenance, offer unparalleled comfort, and when properly taken care of, can last a lifetime.
One of the downsides of implants, however, is the initially higher upfront cost, as well as the length of the process from initial evaluation to extractions, implantation and healing.
However, considering dental implants are permanent and won’t need refitting or replacement like dentures, the initially high cost can average out over time.
2. All-on-four Full Mouth Implants
The all-on-four dental implant is a relatively new introduction to modern dentistry. This procedure is less invasive, utilizing just four implanted posts per arch (upper or lower set of teeth) to support a full set of artificial teeth. As such, the cost, healing process, and time to complete the procedure is often reduced.
3. Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can be used as a replacement when some, but not all, of an individual’s teeth are missing, making them a good alternative to partial dentures. Bridges can either be supported by crowns placed atop of your natural teeth, or attached using one or more implants.
The downside to bridges is that your existing teeth may need to be modified to fit the bridge (this damage is permanent), less comfortable than implants, and for some patients, eating some of their favorite foods is still a challenge.
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