When you have a missing tooth or teeth, you have certain options. One of them is to carry on and do nothing, but that is probably not the best idea. Having missing teeth can considerably affect what you can eat, and this may mean that you have to forgo things such as corn on the cob, rare steak, apples, and so on, because you are unable to chew them properly.
If you only have one or two teeth missing, you could, perhaps, go for a bridge. However, the unfortunate thing is that when you have a bridge the dentist has to cut down two perfectly good teeth on either side of the missing one in order to support the bridge, which is probably not the greatest of ideas.
Now you could also have dental implants, or another choice might be dentures. Dental implants vs. dentures – what’s the difference?
Partial dentures are designed to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. They are usually of plastic, nylon, or metal plate with a number of false teeth attached to them. A denture may be clipped onto some of your natural teeth with metal clasps which clip onto your natural teeth. You may also have to use adhesives.
Take Them Out At Night
In most cases you need to take your dentures out at night and if this is the case you need to keep them moist in water or an overnight denture cleaning solution. This prevents the denture from drying out and changing shape. You need to clean your dentures every day at least twice, as you do with the rest of your teeth. Unclean dentures can lead to problems such as bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, and oral thrush.
Dentures may break if you drop them, so when cleaning them you need to do so over a bowl or sink filled with water, or something soft such as a towel. Dentures may also become loose in a few years because your gums and jawbone will eventually shrink. Loose or badly fitting dentures can cause great discomfort and lead to mouth sores, infections, or problems eating and speaking.
Dental implants vs. dentures? A dental implant is a titanium screw which is fitted into your jawbone, and this then has a crown attached to the top. It works in the same way that your original tooth or teeth did. It cannot slip or slide about, and you can eat anything that you wish. You don’t have to take them out to clean them, because you just brush your teeth and the crowns on the implants in the normal way.
Dental implants vs dentures? Dentures are cheaper than dental implants. And a bike is cheaper than a car. There really is no comparison. Dental implants win hands down.