Edentulism and the Fix
Edentulism is a condition of being toothless. Since our teeth have an important role in facial appearance, speech, and eating, people with this condition often get problems not only with their dental health but also with their overall health status and quality of life.
This is why more and more people are easily convinced to getting dentures as solution. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Since dentures have been around for a long time, it has already been a time-tested technology, thus usually thought to be more reliable. They are also relatively inexpensive, and after being able to adjust to it, many people find that they function satisfactorily.
Tooth denture advantages, however, don’t come without a few drawbacks:
Wearing dentures can lead to bone loss, because of the long time pressure applied. This could later cause some discomfort and slippage, so dentists also require that the dentures be adjusted or even replaced periodically. As you would know, these regular adjustments and replacement don’t come cheap. Aside from said expensive maintenance, wearers also reported that they have trouble eating foods that are difficult to chew. Dentures also require special cleaning so a few missteps on cleaning can sometimes build up an unpleasant smell. Loss of self-confidence is also reported since dentures can also cause problems with speaking, chewing or even something as natural as kissing.
Because of the said disadvantages of wearing dentures, long time users explored and found a great alternative: Dental Implants
Dental implants replace the so-called “tooth roots” and become artificial tooth. The way it works is, implants or devices that look like tiny screws are surgically inserted into the jawbone where roots of teeth usually go. Crowns or false teeth are then placed on top of the screw to substitute the removed tooth. Anyone healthy enough to undergo a simple dental extraction or oral surgery is an excellent candidate for a dental implant.
- Looks and feels like your own real teeth
- Designed to fuse with bone resulting to permanence and stopping the loss of bone volume
- Better speech compared to dentures as you are without the worry that teeth might slip
- Better eating as it functions like your own teeth
- Eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Like dentures, gives back your smile and thus your self-confidence as well
- If implants are partial, nearby teeth need not be altered for support, thus more of your own teeth are left intact
- Easier access in-between teeth thus improving oral hygiene
- Durable and will definitely last longer than dentures. Can even last a lifetime with proper care
- In general, have a success rate of over 95%
- Patients Should First Have Healthy Gums And Enough Bone To Hold The Implant, Thus Not Everyone Is A Suitable Candidate
- Dental Implants Are Initially More Expensive (But Cheaper In The Long Run)
- Not Covered By Most Dental Insurance
- Requires Surgery To Place The Implant And A Minimal Risk That Implant Is Rejected By Your Body
A simple comparison of the pros and cons will easily make you decide that dental implants are way better than dentures. The biggest drawback perhaps is the amount you’ll have to shell out for it initially. But when you realize that you’re paying for something that offers high quality and long-term service you’ll see exactly why dental implants are recognized as the most cost effective way to replace those missing teeth.