Dental implants are all the rage in dental technology these days. People who have lost multiple teeth due to trauma, decay, or age are throwing away their dentures in favour for implants more than ever. But why?
1.) Partial dentures can actually endanger your remaining teeth.
Depending on how many missing teeth you have, your remaining teeth have to compensate. This can result in increased wear and tear from chewing and eating on your remaining teeth can cause premature tooth loss. An implant can function just like a natural tooth, which helps deter the load off the other teeth.
2.) Speaking of eating, you can eat anything you want with implants.
Implants are secured in the bone beneath the gum just like your natural teeth, which means they can withstand the force of chewing things that dentures can’t—nuts, crunchy fruits and vegetables, you name it! Chewing hard foods can be painful on dentures because they’re supported by your gum and not the bone, and it can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on remaining teeth who have to bear the brunt of the chewing duty.
3.) Implants can actually be more cost-effective than a denture.
Implants in Melbourne range anywhere from $3,500-$5,000/per tooth to get, which may seem huge compared to the cost of a denture. However, even great dentures wear down, and often need to be repaired every few years. Most people replace their dentures every ten years or so. Implants don’t generally need repair or replacement as they’re surgically inserted into bone–saving you thousands in a lifetime, especially if only one or two teeth need an implant.
4.) Implants don’t cause ulcers or rubbing.
Implant surgery is done under local or general anaesthesia, and once healed, feel like natural teeth. Dentures often rub and pinch, causing painful ulcers that can affect eating, speaking, and everyday life.
Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.