Many people say that one of the first things that they notice about someone is their smile. A great set of teeth can make a great first impression, give their owner confidence, and support them in social or business situations. However, people who have missing teeth often feel embarrassed and uncomfortable about showing their teeth and instead hide their smiles away. Indeed, missing teeth can be a real confidence drainer. Thankfully, there are now dental treatments available which means you don’t have to live with the effects of missing teeth.
The thought of dentures may conjure up images of your grandmother putting her teeth in a glass of water overnight, and although dentures have come a long way in terms of design and realism, there are still a number of challenges that come with choosing them as a method to cover your missing teeth.
Dentures need to be held in place using an adhesive which must be reapplied every time the teeth are removed. This adhesive usually comes in the form of wafers or paste, which aren’t always reliable and can cause the dentures to slip, move around, and in some cases even fall out!
Dentures also require quite a lot of maintenance, cleaning, and must be replaced when they wear out. However, as a temporary or budget option, dentures may be your best solution to missing teeth.
If you are able to invest a little more in your smile, then you may like to consider dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that look and function exactly like your natural teeth. They are crowns that are anchored to the jaw using metal posts, making them extremely strong and secure. The metal posts act in place of the root of a natural tooth, adding support to the jaw and helping to prevent gum and jawbone deterioration.
Dental implants can be color-matched so that they are identical to your natural teeth, and you can choose to have one or a selection of implants as they can be done on a tooth-by-tooth basis.
Implants are also extremely simple to look after. Just brush, floss, and care for them exactly as you would your regular teeth. The better you care for them, the longer they will last – some people have had them upwards of 15 years without a problem.