I Don’t Want Dentures — What Are My Alternatives?
Having missing teeth tends to make people feel self-conscious about their smile and appearance. And when you’re missing most or all of your teeth, the insecurity can become unbearable. Usually in these cases where many teeth are missing or damaged dentures are the go-to solution. However, many people still feel insecure about having dentures as it makes them feel old and can be uncomfortable to wear while eating and speaking.
So what are some alternatives to dentures for those who don’t feel comfortable getting them?
The most common and effective alternative to dentures are dental implants. Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically inserted into your jawbone and act as an anchor to hold in your replacement tooth. After getting the implants, you’ll have to wait 3-6 months for the implant to bond with the jawbone to ensure the success of your replacement teeth.
The reason many people go with dental implants is because they are a more long-term and durable option. In fact, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly taken care of and looked after. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable, making them very comfortable for everyday activities like eating and speaking. In order to qualify for dental implants, you must have healthy gums and a sufficient amount of supportive bone present.
Overdentures are typically used when a patient has lost most or all of their teeth. Unlike dentures that are held in place by adhesives, overdentures are held in place by dental implants or remaining teeth, making them much more stable and secure. Because they don’t move while talking or chewing like dentures sometimes do, overdentures are a much more comfortable and appealing option for missing teeth. And since the overdentures are securely held in place, they stimulate the jawbone, which will slow down and even prevent any further bone loss from occurring.
Ask Your Dentist
If you’re completely against getting dentures for your missing teeth, there are other ways that you can get your beautiful smile back. Whether it’s dental implants or overdentures, there are several alternatives to dentures available to ensure that you are comfortable and confident with your new and improved smile. If you are missing multiple teeth but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks of dentures, talk to your dentist about what would be the best alternative for you and your teeth.
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