If you are missing some teeth, it is important to have them replaced with either removable dentures or dental implants. You can have either of these regardless of the number of teeth you are missing. While you may be concerned about the cost of implants versus that of dentures, there are some definite reasons to pay the extra and get the implants. Discuss the following with your dentist before making a final decision.
Overall Dental Health
Dentures can create more dental problems. The pieces that hold the false teeth in place cover different areas of the mouth. Food particles can slip under these pieces and cause a sore spot or even create cavities if the food sits against a tooth and starts to decay. All kinds of bacteria can get under the dentures and cause tooth decay or gum disease. Dental implants do not have pieces that cover other teeth, your gums, or the roof of your mouth. There is no place for food or bacteria to hide and decay.
Prevent other Teeth from Falling Out
Your jaw bone holds your teeth in place. It is important to keep the bone healthy and strong. When you chew, your natural teeth and any dental implants put pressure on the jaw bone that prevents bone loss so more teeth do not become loose and fall out. Dentures do not create this pressure so adjoining teeth are not protected and will eventually all out and you will need to have a new plate made to fill in the area of any newly lost teeth.
Comfort and Taste
Having a piece of plastic covering the roof of your mouth all the time is not very comfortable and changes the taste of things. Upper dentures, even a partial, consist of the fake teeth connected to a plastic retainer that fits up into your mouth, the plastic covering most of your upper palate. Dental implants have the fake teeth screwed onto posts that have been embedded in your jawbone. While you do not need to have a post for each fake tooth, they are connected differently to avoid having the plastic palate. This makes implants much more comfortable and ensures you won't be tasting plastic in everything you eat.
Dental implants will look and feel more like your own, natural teeth. They will take some getting used to, and you may need to be without teeth for a bit while the implanted posts heal a bit. However, once you have the teeth put on, you won't have to worry about them slipping out and your smile will be complete.
Speak with local dental implant services to learn more.