Slow and steady wins the race. When you hear that phrase, your mind goes to the fable about the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise takes the slower pace, but ultimately wins the race. The same is true when it comes to missing teeth.
The two competitors in the race to fix missing teeth are dentures and dental implants. Dentures act as the hare, while dental implants are the tortoise.
The hare thought he would win the race because he was fast, just as people think that dentures are the best option because they are quicker. But let’s compare dentures to dental implants and see why the fastest option to fix your smile may not be the winning choice.
Removable vs. Permanent. Partial and full dentures are removable. You should remove them each night to properly clean them. With adhesive and proper adjustments, they fit into your mouth, but they can move and fall out unexpectedly. You cannot always rely on dentures to stay set in your mouth all day long. On the other hand, dental implants are permanent. They act like your natural teeth. You can eat and chew as you would with a natural set of teeth. You do not have to worry about them slipping or falling out unexpectedly.
Economical vs. Worth-the-Money. Dentures are less expensive than dental implants. Most people choose dentures over implants simply because of the cost of implants. Before you decide the expense is too much for you to even consider an implant, contact Nuvia and ask about payment options.
Temporary vs. Permanent. Dentures are a temporary step in the process to correct missing teeth. They tend to last around five years, depending on how you take care of them. Dental implants are permanent. They look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants can last 20 years or longer with proper care.
Quick vs. Precise. Using a denture to replace a missing tooth is faster than dental implants. There is no surgery required and the denture can be fitted faster than the implant process. You have a tooth in the hole, but that tooth may not be a 100 percent match to your other teeth. Dental implants may take longer, but with the Safe Smile Method at Nuvia, you can ensure your implants are done to the best of our ability.
Damaging vs. Healthy. Dentures wear down the jawbone causing your face shape to change. Jaw pain and misalignment are also risks to denture wearers. Dental implants keep the jawbone healthy and does not change your face structure.
Starting the race to fix your missing teeth is not purely for cosmetic purposes. The more teeth you are missing, the more health risks. Your risk of heart and kidney diseases increase, as well as the risk of diabetes. Living with missing teeth puts pressure on your other healthy teeth, which can cause those to decay and fall out.
Dental implants take longer and could cost more, but they offer the most healthy, permanent, slow, steady option.
If you are missing one or more teeth - Get Ready; Get Set; and Go….to a Nuvia Dental Implant Center. We want to help you win your race to a better-looking smile.