For one reason or another, some of us are likely to lose teeth. Accidents, injuries, and oral health needs might see you flashing a smile with a gap or two in them. Dentures are often recommended as a way to fill in missing teeth, but you might think that you’re a little too young to start wearing them just yet.
Well, never fear, as London Dental Arts Clinic, your dentist in Forest Hill, has the alternative solution for you. We recommend dental implants as a great way to restore your smile, while avoiding some of the issues of dentures, such as wobbling and coming out.
Dental implants are fixed and secure implants that are placed into the jaw where a tooth has gone missing. Once the dental implant is in place, it can be fitted with crowns, a fixed bridge, or can be used to stabilise dentures that might otherwise be looser. This can help you restore natural-looking, strong teeth that can be used just like regular teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace single teeth, but there are also options like our all on 4/6 full arch implant solution which can help you replace every single tooth on either the top or bottom jaw in the same treatment.
You might get embarrassed at the idea of having dentures that can come out so easily and may associate them with people significantly older than you. Asides from being fixed in place to save you that embarrassment, dental implants do offer significant advantages. Whether they’re used to fix dentures, crowns, or otherwise, they do offer a much more stable bite, allowing you to eat as you would have beforehand. Similarly, they’re much more likely to stay in place when you talk, laugh, or do all the things you would do in day-to-day life.
Another advantage of dental implants is that they are much easier to care for. They can be cleaned daily just as you would clean your teeth, with brushing, flossing, and getting regular check-ups. Dentures, however, have to be removed to be brushed, and require the adhesive on them to be cleaned away each night, too. Furthermore, dental implants are a permanent solution. You might have to change crowns on them if one gets damaged, but this involves fitting a new crown on the same implant. You will have to get whole new sets of dentures occasionally, as your bite changes over time as well.
There are advantages to both dentures and dental implants. However, if you’re still young, then dental implants could be the perfect thing to help you complete your smile with a natural-looking, strong artificial tooth. Get in touch with the team at London Dental Arts to make an appointment if you’re missing a tooth. We’ll take a look and help layout all your options.