Losing your teeth can be traumatic. No matter the reason, no one wants to face the point when it’s time to replace natural teeth. The lack of confidence that not having a full and healthy-looking set of teeth can cause can be damaging to both your social and professional life.
When replacing a mouth full of missing teeth, most people think of dentures first. And, there’s no reason that dentures need to look like false teeth. Barrington cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Bonk places a high priority on creating dentures that look as much like natural teeth as possible. While acrylics are easy to work with as well as inexpensive, they are susceptible to staining, they are not translucent like natural teeth, and they can become worn down quickly. For a little more cost, Dr. Bonk uses only the highest quality materials and takes no shortcuts in an effort to assure a look that is natural, offers high-wear and a great fit.
Removable vs implant-retained dentures
With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, you have more options than ever when it comes to providing a long-term, comfortable and convenient solution for replacing missing teeth. While many of today’s modern dentures are designed to fit comfortably, there are still several drawbacks:
- Removable dentures take getting used to – even though they are designed to fit your mouth, there is an adjustment when you first start wearing them, including problems with soreness or excessive saliva.
- They move or slip around– eating or talking freely can be a challenge if they slip out of place or clack together.
- Removable dentures can fall out – because they are removable, it’s difficult to know if or when they might embarrassing fall out. This can result in confidence and self-esteem issues if you are constantly worried about your teeth.
- They require extra care – Dentures are fragile and they must be properly cared for and stored when you’re not wearing them. And just like natural teeth, they must be cleaned and maintained, not only to keep them white, but to keep your mouth healthy.
- Not having implants will cause your jawbone to shrink – as soon as your teeth are removed, the body naturally starts to resorb the jawbone structure to use the minerals elsewhere – this known as facial collapse. If you wear removable dentures, you will experience facial collapse in 10-20 years and as a result, you will look much older than you really are, and it will be impossible to make a set of dentures that will stay in your mouth and not be sore – you will become a dental cripple.
Dentures may be right for some, but Dr. Bonk helps patients understand that while implants cost more, they can be a better choice in the long run. If budget is an issue, he can do a removable denture first and then take that same denture and fit it to dental implants when your budget allows.
Learn more about dental implants
Finding a long-term replacement for missing teeth is a process and investment you should think long and carefully about. If it’s worth a little extra money to have confidence in your smile and avoid the issues stated above, Dr. Bonk wants to help you explore the costs and benefits of implant overdentures or all-on-4 dental implants.
Call our office today or make an appointment online and be on your way to a healthy and beautiful new smile.