If for some reason you end up losing a tooth or teeth, your surrounding teeth might start changing their positions and leaning towards the gaps that have been left. That could affect the tissue that surrounds the remaining teeth, and eventually may cause gum disease and tooth decay. Usually your dentist will recommend that those gaps be filled with partial dentures that can be attached to the remaining natural teeth using precision attachments or metal clasps. The procedure is not as invasive as getting permanent dentures fitted, and usually no further dental visits are required.
Partial dentures do work very well, but some individuals choose to get denture implants instead for replacing their teeth that are missing. A dental implant is a type of metal rod that gets placed inside of the jawbone where the false teeth/tooth may be attached. Usually the rods are made out of titanium. The jaw bone, over time, fuses with this rod to make it the perfect platform for bridges or crowns.
Minor operations are involved in the procedure and the patient needs to be in good health in order for the implant to succeed. A dental implant may help with slowing the shrinkage of jawbone down which happens whenever natural teeth are lost, and since teeth are anchored securely by an implant, there is less of a chance that the dentures will move around.
Following surgery, a patient might experience some discomfort, but usually that can be treated using OTC pain killers and only lasts a short amount of time.
Compared to partial dentures, implant dentures cost more, and the expenses may vary according to dental practice and area where you live. Surgery is required by dental implants and also after care and anesthetic costs need to be factored in. If you do have dental insurance most likely that will cover a higher percentage of the cost. Or your dentist might offer a payment plan to you. It is definitely worth it to shop around to get the best deal possible. Some areas do have low cost dentures that are available, however, make sure you thoroughly investigate them before you make any decisions.
Caring for your teeth also makes dental procedures easier and achieves successful outcomes. Oral hygiene helps with counteracting bacteria and that in turn helps to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Everyone wants to look good, and having a toothless smile doesn’t help the ego at all! It isn’t always avoidable to lose teeth, but replacing them with denture implants or partial dentures can help with maintaining the overall well-being of your gums and teeth.