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, our dentists in Westerville, OH recommend dentures when many teeth are missing or damaged. 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
What is the Best Alternative to Dentures?
Our dentists may recommend dental implants, overdentures, or dental bridges as. They’ll help you explore your tooth replacement options based on your oral health, jawbone density, and a number of missing teeth. That way, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your smile.
The most common and effective alternative to dentures is dental implants. Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are surgically inserted into your jawbone and act as anchors to hold in your replacement teeth. After getting the implants, you’ll have to wait 3-6 months for the implants 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.
Still aren’t sure about dental implants? We recently wrote a blog post about the pros and cons of dental implants vs. dentures. Dental implants replace missing teeth so you can smile with confidence.
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.
Are you only missing one tooth? If so, our dentists in Westerville, OH may recommend a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth held in place by crowns or dental implants on both sides. The only downside to a dental bridge is that we have to remove healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth to place the crowns. Otherwise, a dental bridge can be a great alternative to dentures. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to worry about a tooth bridge slipping while you talk, eat, and smile.
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 one of our dentists about what would be the best alternative for you and your teeth.
Our dentists in Westerville, OH can help you explore the alternatives to dentures. To request an appointment, call Westerville Dental Associates at (614) 882-1135.