The first thing to note is that most reputable dentists will not remove all your teeth unless there is a good reason to do so. Dentists are dedicated to looking after your teeth and helping you to keep them and your mouth healthy for as long as possible.
Of course, there are times when your teeth are simply too painful or too rotten and the best option is to remove them all. The good news is that it is possible to replace them.
Dentures are the cheapest and simplest option. They are generally designed as a temporary measure but many people wear them for years. Dentures are designed to fit your mouth, replicating your original teeth and helping you to enjoy food.
However, while they are the most affordable option there are disadvantages to them:
- Changes in gums and jaw
Your teeth are seated in your jaw and the gum sits around them both. Without the teeth the sockets in your jaw will start to close, this will change the way your jawbone sits and the shape of your face.
Alongside this, the natural gums are likely to recede as there is less use for them and the dentures can rub.
Over time this can make a significant difference to the way your face looks.
Dentures are known to move. This is because they are affixed with a special glue that holds them in place but allows them to be removed at night.
Unfortunately, eating certain items can make the dentures move, this can be uncomfortable.
- Speech issues
Because the dentures can move you’ll also find that it can cause your speech to sound distorted.
Implants are more expensive but they can last a lifetime, dentures will need to be replaced periodically.
Teeth implants involve drilling into your jaw and inserting a titanium rod. This is left in place and the jaw fuses with the titanium, making it a permanent part of your body.
Once they are fused, a new tooth, made out of ceramic, is placed over the rod and a screw is fastened through it, holding the tooth in place. The rod and screw are invisible, giving you a perfect set of teeth.
When doing an entire set of teeth, several teeth can be attached to one or two rods, making the process simpler.
Implanted teeth can be used in the same way as regular teeth and will last for many years, potentially for the rest of your life.
Consider carefully before having all your teeth removed, it’s a big decision and costly to have implants completed. But, if they need to be done, there is no doubt implants are the best option. You can use dentures temporarily while you have the implants done, this will help to keep it affordable.
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