Losing a tooth is never a pleasant experience. Losing more than one can be demoralizing. Missing teeth will not only have immediate effects on your gastronomic pleasures but it will also show on your facial structure. Sooner or later, your cheeks will sink and you will look tired and old for your age. That's definitely bad news if you wish to keep your youthful good looks. Fortunately, there are a couple of solutions available to the patient if you don't want to appear like an extra on The Walking Dead.
Dentures are the main choice for many. These are removable appliances crafted to replace missing teeth. Today, dentists can choose from a wide array of materials that can blend - almost - seamlessly with your natural teeth and gums. However, dentures have its drawbacks: from eating and speaking difficulties to regular maintenance. What sets it back though is that it can never fully mimic natural gums. Made from hard acrylic, one glance and people can easily tell the difference. Still, dentures are popular since they are affordable, less invasive, and are easier to adjust.
Gaining ground are implants. With implants, your dentists will replace a missing tooth with a titanium or zirconium implant. The process requires surgery and multiple visits. The whole course of treatment can be daunting, particularly if you are squeamish about surgeries. Also, compared to dentures, implants are pricey and your pre-need health insurance does not cover the expense.
The good news is that implants are natural looking and in the long term help stimulate gums to prevent further tooth loss. Chewing and speaking don't pose any problems as well and the patient can go back to enjoying good food.
So which of the options is good for you? Well, aside from costs, the dentist needs to evaluate the overall condition of your teeth and gums. If you are generally healthy, implants are the best choice. They may be expensive than dentures but in the long run they are more cost-effective as they lead to better oral health and one can go back to appreciating life's simple pleasures.
If you wish, we at Total Body Dentistry would like to help you evaluate the options. Call us at (+632) 723.5167 to schedule an appointment.