Have you been wanting a better smile than the one you have now? Are you fairly certain that your dentist is going to recommend that you get artificial teeth? When thinking about artificial teeth, most people probably assume that you're talking about dentures. While dentures are arguably the most traditional, and perhaps the most common, way to have artificial teeth, they are not the only way. Modern dentistry has perfected the ability for dentists to use implants to achieve the results that you've been hoping for. While there is nothing wrong with dentures if you choose to go that route, dental implants have a number of advantages, such as:
More realistic: Over time, dentures will no longer fit as well as they once did. They will start to slide around in your mouth and may pop out at unexpected and unwanted times. Even if you manage to keep them from doing this, some people may notice something "off" about your teeth. You can go to your dentist to get your dentures relined so that they no longer do this, but this takes both time and money. With dental implants, this isn't a concern. Because the teeth snap onto surgical steel poles implanted into your jawbones, the teeth are held securely in place at least as firmly as your natural teeth ever were.
Less costly: In order to keep your dentures in good condition, you could wind up spending an average of hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on upkeep. Creams, pastes, gels, etc. will need to be bought to affix the dentures to your mouth. Having your dentures relined to fit better costs money, and they can't be relined forever. Eventually, you'll need a new set if you want to keep using dentures. While dental implants cost more money upfront, they don't require nearly as much upkeep as dentures do. As long as you clean them properly, they can last decades with no further investments.
Better quality of life: One of the biggest things that artificial teeth are good for, besides your appearance, is helping you to eat. With dentures, you sometimes have to be extremely picky about what you can eat. Even if they won't damage the dentures themselves, some foods are simply too hard or chewy to be comfortably eaten by denture wearers. Instead of opting for the steak or pork chop that you wanted, you may have to choose the more easily chewed chicken dish. Because dental implants are more secure than dentures, you can eat just about anything that you would normally eat. Your dentist will have a selection of foods that could chip the teeth and that should be avoided, such as very hard nuts, but you're otherwise free to eat whatever you want.Share
11 October 2019
Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!