You might be surprised to learn that in the UK approximately 27 million adults have at least 1 missing tooth. The most common reasons for losing teeth include infection, accidents and disease.
Statistics show that by the time you reach 65 you are likely to be missing at least four teeth, so it is no surprise that more than 15 million adults wear dentures!
A denture is a removable appliance that supports ‘false teeth’ and can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to a full set. Dentures have long been the solution for missing teeth but this option is not without pit falls.
Another solution for missing teeth is Dental Implants, these are small titanium screws that replace the root of a tooth, these screws can connect to a post and crown, bridge or even a specially made denture to provide a fixed and reliable solution for missing teeth.
Below we will explore the pros and cons of each option to help you decide which solution would be the best for you.
Dentures are relatively cost effective compared to other solutions.
The process of making dentures is quite quick.
If you subsequently lose more teeth it is sometimes possible to add teeth onto an existing denture instead of having a new denture made straightaway.
Dentures are tricky to wear, many people find that they move when eating and speaking and having to remove them after eating and at night can cause embarrassment for many patients.
Most people find that a fixative solution is necessary for holding dentures in place.
Following the loss of a tooth, it is normal for the jaw bone to shrink away which causes dentures to become loose and ill-fitting.
Typically a denture will last for around 5 years however in some cases it may be much less.
Lack of teeth and a shrinking jaw bone results in a change in facial profile giving an aged appearance
An implant looks, feels and acts just like a natural tooth.
Implants are more expensive than dentures and other options.
In some cases the process of implant treatment is more involved and time consuming that other solutions
Dentures are a great solution for replacing missing teeth but in some cases living with dentures can be troublesome and far from ideal. Dental implants provide a predictable and fixed alternative and may be a better long-term investment for you.
Book your FREE consultation with our treatment co-ordinator Lisa to find out what options might be the best choice for you. An appointment with Lisa will provide you with an opportunity to have an informal chat over a cup of tea/coffee and ask all the questions you want answers to about your treatment options including costs and finance options.