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Dentures or Dental Implants — What’s Right for You?

January 30, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_richardson @ 4:22 pm

smiling older coupleDo you have a few gaps in your smile? Missing teeth can downgrade your overall quality of life and endanger your oral health, which is why it is so important to get them replaced. There are a few tooth replacement options out there, including both dentures and dental implants in Melbourne. How can you decide which one is better for you? Let’s make a quick comparison.

Dental Implants

Your dentist in Melbourne may try to steer you toward dental implants because many professionals agree that they are the best way to replace missing teeth. Here are a few of the advantages they offer:

  • Prevention of bone loss. When your tooth roots are gone, the bone that supported them will deteriorate over time. Implants replace those roots, helping to keep your jaw in great shape.
  • You never have to worry about taking implants out to clean them, and they’ll never slip out when you’re speaking or eating.
  • If you care for your implants properly by maintaining great oral hygiene and avoiding habits that could lead to oral health problems (like smoking), your new smile could last for a lifetime.
  • Because implants are anchored in your bone, they provide the bite force you need to enjoy every last morsel of all your favorite foods, whether it’s a juicy steak or a crunchy apple or anything else.
  • Long-term value. Implants come with a significant upfront cost, but the benefits they offer make them a worthy investment.

Dentures

Like implants, dentures can offer a natural appearance as well the chewing power you need to take in proper nutrition. They also offer these other advantages:

  • Budget-friendliness. Dentures cost less than implants initially, and insurance companies are often more willing to pay for them.
  • Fewer potential complications. Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, but, as is true of any surgery, complications are always possible. That isn’t something you need to worry about with dentures.
  • A broader range of candidates. Dental implants might not be right for people with low bone density in their jaw or other health considerations. With dentures, such medical considerations are less of an issue.
  • It might take several months to a year for the implant process to be complete. You could get custom dentures in just a few weeks.

Choosing Your New Smile

Whether dental implants or dentures in Melbourne are right for you depends on a number of factors, including your budget, your personal preferences, and your oral and overall health. The best way to decide which is right for you is to listen to your dentist’s professional opinion. They can examine your mouth and explain your best options for obtaining a new smile. It’s likely that if you’re healthy enough, your dentist will recommend dental implants because of all the long-term benefits they offer.

Want to replace your missing teeth? Either dentures or implants could be right for you.

About the Dentist

Dr. Ronald Richardson is your restorative dentist in Melbourne. His extensive training and compassionate approach to dentistry qualify him to help you get back your grin. If you have questions about tooth replacement options, please contact our office at 321-723-3477.

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