Missing a tooth is not only frustrating, it can also be embarrassing. When we’re children, we look forward to our baby teeth falling out, so that we can put them under our pillow and gather a prize from the tooth fairy in the morning. However, as an adult the only thing that comes to mind when a tooth comes out is probably dental bills. It’s definitely a problem that most people try to get fixed right away, so if you’re dealing with this dilemma, this blog is a good place to gather information before you make a decision on the next step.
We, as with most dental professionals, recommend filling in the gap with a dental implant. Another option you can go with is a partial removable denture, but in our opinion, implants are much better, and here are a few reasons why.
Easier to Speak With
There’s no real getting around this point: denture will alter the way you speak. In order to keep your dentures in your mouth, you will have to pronounce certain letters and words differently. People with dentures will tell you, as much practice as you have with adjusting to your dentures, you’ll naturally start to speak differently in order to keep them in place. If this matters to you for work or just life in general, you might want to cross dentures off of your list of possible options right away.
Easier to Eat With
Another thing you’ll have to make adjustments to is your eating patterns. Many people find it unappealing to eat with a piece of metal in their mouth all the time. Some foods, especially crunchy foods that require strong bites, such as apples or steak, are hard to eat without having your dentures come out of position. Many people with dentures tend to stay away from those foods altogether just to avoid the hassle
One issue that people don’t anticipate having before they get dentures is the grinding problem that they can cause. The way dentures work is by attaching metal wiring to your real teeth, to keep the fake tooth or teeth in place. This wiring grinds against your real teeth whenever you move your mouth to talk or chew, which can lead to extra wear and tear on your enamel. Once enamel is broken down, it can be very hard to build back up. With implants, there is nothing external holding them up, so there’s no grinding against your real teeth involved.
Stable and Long Lasting
Implants, as their name implies, are implanted into your gums. Since they’re attached to your gums much like your real teeth are, they’re secure and you won’t have to worry about them coming loose. Even the most secure dentures will move around a bit, and can’t match the security you’ll feel with a dental implant. They’re also meant to remain in your mouth for life. With dentures, you’ll be removing them and putting them back in often, and they’ll need to be replaced within 5-10 years. If properly cared for, your dental implant will take care of your missing tooth once and for all.