Your smile is like your signature. It’s been one of the more distinguishable traits of yours for most of your life. That’s why it hurt so when you lost your teeth. It was like losing a part of yourself. You’ve decided to no longer accept your current situation as a final sentence, but you’re wondering what’s the best route to take to correct it. Thankfully, your dentist has decided to weigh in and inform you about the benefits of either dentures or dental implants of Scarborough. Continue reading to learn more about these amazing methods of restoring your smile.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are appliances that restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. They come in three basic forms:
- Partials – These are used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. The teeth are made from ceramic and their base from a gum-colored resin compound, that attaches to the surrounding teeth using a metal clasp.
- Full Dentures – These are used when a full row of teeth is missing and also consist of ceramic teeth and a gum-colored base. The difference is that these sit directly on the gums and require an adhesive to hold them in place.
- Implant-Retained Dentures – These differ from the previous two in that they attach to dental implants and snap into place. In most cases, they are not removable, but provide a more secure and durable fit than the other prosthetics.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted under the gums and into the jawbone. They act as replacements for the roots of your teeth and can support crowns, bridges or implant-retained dentures.
The process happens in two stages, typically. At the first appointment, they are inserted and then over the next few months will be allowed to fuse with your jawbone as you heal. The next visit will be to attach a permanent fixture on top of your implants.
The Benefits of Dentures and Dental Implants
You may be wondering whether to go with dentures or dental implants, but you should know that both are very effective options. Here are some of the metrics that you can use to decide which is better for you:
- Cost – The cost of dentures will typically be more affordable if you are more price-sensitive, but if you can make the initial investment, implants offer a great return on your investment because they are very durable.
- Jaw Support – Both applications serve the very important purpose of providing support for your jawbone, which is key for encouraging new bone growth, protecting your face from collapsing and keeping you looking vibrant.
- Increased Confidence – Either choice you make will greatly serve to greatly enhance your confidence and reinvigorate your drive to live to the fullest of your potential.
- Restored Function – Both dentures and dental implants will restore your ability to function properly, which includes eating and speaking.
The life you once thought was a thing of the past, is now available for you to regain. Contact your dentist in Scarborough to learn how you can start the process to restoring your smile and becoming the best version of yourself.
About the Author
Dr. Gus Bal graduated from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and went on to complete a fellowship in Implant Dentistry at New York University. He continues to expand his knowledge in the field of dentistry, while remaining attentive to the needs of his patients. Dr. Bal practices at Bal Dental Care and can be reached for more information through his website.