Dentures or dental implants? When the need to replace your permanent natural teeth becomes inevitable, we should carefully consider the various options that will help to regain the form and function of normal teeth. That used to mean that you could either go with a bridge or denture. Thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, an important new teeth replacement option has emerged in recent years – dental implants.
Dental Implants Feel and Function Like Real Teeth
Unlike dentures, dental implants replace the lost teeth right down to the roots, attaching them to the jaw so they become true replacement teeth. With its titanium “root-like” posts, dental implants are solid and firm, and more importantly, feels and functions like your own teeth.
Since implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they do not depend on neighbouring teeth, unlike fixed bridges that are anchored to the remaining teeth. Dental implants are also very secure, and will never slip off the way removable dentures are known to. Moreover, the dental implant is a more durable option, compared to bridge work and dentures that present higher failure rates due to periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Things to Consider Before Deciding on Dental Implants
That said, the two main factors that need to be considered before taking up the dental implant option are cost and surgery.
The cost of implant surgery is considerably higher than getting new dentures. You may wish to find out if your healthcare insurance provider covers the procedure before making the decision. Secondly, the surgery required for implants requires a certain amount of recovery time that exceeds the normal procedure for dentures. A careful treatment plan must be laid out between the dentist and patient prior to surgery, and that includes the anticipated recovery time based on the patient’s specific conditions and required treatment. Other considerations include the state of the gum and the jaw. If there is severe damage, there may not be enough good bone for the grafts to attach to.
In most cases, dental implants are an amazing procedure to replace lost teeth. If you find yourself in that situation, where you need to choose between dentures or dental implants, talk to a dentist at Quality Dental in North Sydney. He or she will be able to help advise you in making the decision that is right for you.
No More Awkward Tradeoff for Straight, Beautiful Teeth
The nickname “metal teeth” has taunted many children and been the cause for schoolyard fights across the world. Although working professionals are no longer beset with schoolyard bullying, many are still concerned about exposing their metal braces, for fear of projecting a less than appealing image or simply feeling awkward with them in social situations. That’s the reason why the Invisalign treatment option, which promotes the use of virtually unnoticeable aligners, has been so popular with adult orthodontic patients.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners that applies slow pressure to move the teeth over time to their desired position. The clear aligners mean you don’t have to advertise the fact that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Besides straightening your teeth incognito style, Invisalign also presents a more comfortable, effective and discreet option to achieve that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Better yet, the removable aligners allow you to continue eating, brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do!
The process starts with a consultation where your Invisalign qualified dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
If you have already invested in health insurance for orthodontic treatment they may help to cover some or all of the initial down payment. If you would like to explore your health fund coverage you can give your health insurer a call and quote the item number 881 (complete course of orthodontic treatment) to assess your potential rebate.