f you’ve recently lost a tooth or two, you might be looking at options for replacement. Thankfully, there are a few great ways to replace missing teeth – and two of the most common choices are either dentures or dental implants in Manchester. Each option has their advantages and disadvantages which you’ll need to discuss thoroughly with your cosmetic Dentist in Manchester before making your decision. But to help in the meantime, we’ve put together a bit of information on each choice and a handy checklist that might just help you decide the best way to go.
If you’ve recently lost a tooth or two, you might be looking at options for replacement. Thankfully, there are a few great ways to replace missing teeth – and two of the most common choices are either dentures or dental implants in Manchester. Each option has their advantages and disadvantages which you’ll need to discuss thoroughly with your cosmetic Dentist in Manchester before making your decision. But to help in the meantime, we’ve put together a bit of information on each choice and a handy checklist that might just help you decide the best way to go.
What you need to know about dentures
Dentures are false teeth made of acrylic, metal or nylon that are fully removable. They’re designed to fit comfortably over the gums to replace one or several missing teeth. Depending on how many teeth you’re replacing, you’ll need either a:
• full denture – which will replace all your upper or lower teeth
• partial denture – which replaces just one tooth or a few missing teeth
Nowadays, dentures are more comfortable and natural looking than ever before – but it’s important to realise that they’ll still take a little while to get used to and will never feel exactly like your natural teeth. You may also need to rely on denture adhesives from time to time, to hold your false teeth in place while eating or speaking.
How are dentures made?
Compared to dental implants, the process to make your dentures is quick and easy. From start to finish, they usually take between 3-6 weeks to be made in our dental lab over a number of visits.
At your first denture appointment, some impressions of your teeth will be taken and how you bite together will be recorded. This information is then sent off to our dental lab and they begin to custom make your new teeth. The lab technician will usually make a wax denture to be tried into your mouth on the second visit so we can check how they’re likely to fit and how they’ll look. Once everything looks good, your denture will be finished and fitted on your third appointment.
How long do dentures typically last?
Over time, your denture will likely need to be relined or rebased from normal wear and tear with a denture repair in Manchester. Your mouth naturally changes as you age and these changes can loosen your false teeth, making eating difficult and irritating your gums. By attending regular check-ups, your dentist will easily be able to spot the need for a replacement or a denture repair early on to save you any discomfort.
What you need to know about dental implants
If you don’t like the sound of wearing dentures, you’ll be pleased to hear there are other options. Dental implants in Manchester are a much more modern and innovative way to replace a missing tooth. They offer people missing one or more teeth the chance to fully restore their smile and are the next best thing to having your own teeth back.
Dental implants are usually made of titanium and are surgically placed into the jawbone. Unlike any other replacement option, they’re permanently attached and quickly become part of your natural anatomy. Around 3-6 months after your surgery, the bone will begin to grow around your implant and attach to it, holding it firmly in place.
How long do implants typically last?
With the right care, a dental implant can last a lifetime – unlike dentures. You’ll need to look after it well by brushing and flossing daily along with visiting your dentist regularly for a check-up to spot any issues early. The prosthetic teeth that are supported by your implant may wear down over time and need replacing but that’s quick and easy to do, without the need for additional surgery.
Still not sure which option to choose? Here’s a handy checklist that might help. Tick all that apply:
• I want the most natural-looking option to replace my teeth
• I would like a tooth replacement option that helps me preserve my jawbone
• I would like the most cost-effective way to restore my smile
• I want a tooth replacement option that is safe, reliable and will last for years
• I don’t want to worry about my false teeth slipping when laughing, talking or eating
• I don’t want to take my tooth replacement option out each night to clean and soak
• I don’t want to worry about food getting stuck under my replacement teeth
If you ticked even one of the above then implant-based restorations might be the best choice for you. Unlike dentures, implants can provide you with everything listed above, making sure you that you can always smile with confidence.
If you’re interested in dental implants in Manchester to replace your missing teeth and would like to find out more, why not arrange a free consultation today with our experienced cosmetic dentist? Manchester patients can fully restore their smile and get their confidence back once and for all.
Alternatively, If you already have dentures, but they’re not fitting properly or are damaged, we can help with that too. Pop in for a visit and we’ll sort you out with a quick denture repair. Manchester-based Church Road Dental & Cosmetic look forward to meeting you. Book your appointment today on 0161 486 0743.