Missing several teeth, or even a single tooth, can have a dramatic impact on your daily life. It can affect everything from your appearance and self-confidence to your ability to eat and way you speak. Dentures provide you with the ability to replace multiple missing teeth, but they aren’t for everyone.
Getting dentures is a huge commitment, both personally and financially. It is important that you carefully consider whether or not this dental treatment is right for you. To help you determine if dentures are right for you, we will take a look at some of the reasons why people choose or don’t choose to get dentures.
Dentures are an Affordable Option for Teeth Replacement
Dentures are probably the most affordable option for teeth replacement. Other teeth replacement options, such as dental implants, cost considerably more than dentures. Largely because dental implants are a more complex, invasive procedure. Dentures are affordable because they are non-invasive, the materials used are extremely common and low cost, and there are minimum dental appointments needed to be fitted for and receive these dental appliances. The affordability of dentures makes them a great option for people on a budget, those who are looking for a temporary tooth replacement option, or those who may not be a good candidate for dental implants.
Dentures are Not a Long-Term Solution
Even though dentures are the most affordable option, they aren’t the most durable solution. Dentures are not designed to last a lifetime. Eventually, without support, the underlying jawbone will begin to deteriorate and change shape. When dentures become ill-fitting or painful to wear they will need to be replaced or repaired.
People looking for a short-term tooth replacement option or who are on a budget may benefit from getting dentures. However, people who have a flexible budget, healthy bone, and who want a more long-term solution may want to explore other teeth replacement options, such as dental implants.
Dentures are a Timely Restorative Option
People who do not want to spend several months with teeth missing may want to consider dentures. In some situations, dentures can be made after one or two appointments.
Other teeth replacement options, such as implants, could leave you without teeth for several weeks. This is because you first need to go through the preparation and eventual healing then the placement of the crown. Overall, it could take several months before your teeth are replaced with implants.
Potential for Bone Loss
Dentures only serve as a replacement for the crowns of your teeth. They do not provide a replacement for the roots. Since the roots are not replaced, the bone in your jaw will continue to slowly wear away. Eventually, the bone loss around your jaw will become so extensive that it presents a number of problems ranging from changes to your facial structure, problems eating, and even health problems.
If you are looking for a full tooth replacement, you may want to consider an alternative, such as dental implants. Dental implants replace the entire tooth from top to bottom. It is more costly, but it provides the stability needed to prevent potential bone loss.
Schedule an Appointment for a Consultation for Dentures
Deciding whether to go with dentures or implants is such a personal decision. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brown can help you get a better understanding about which treatment option is right for you.
People who live in the Vero Beach or Melbourne, Florida area should schedule an appointment with Vero VIP Implants & Periodontics. Our Dr. Brown specializes in treating all types of periodontal disease which includes replacing teeth with dentures or dental implants. When you schedule an appointment with him, you will be able to explore the pros and cons of each tooth replacement option. Once you explore the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision about which option is right for you.
Call Vero VIP Implants & Periodontics today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.