Are dentures still a viable option to replace lost teeth?
With the emphasis increasingly on dental implants to replace missing teeth, you could almost be forgiven for thinking that dentures were no longer an option.
Whilst, in our professional opinion, dental implants are certainly an excellent option, especially as they are the only solution that replaces the root of the tooth as well as the visible part above the gum-line, not everyone will take this option.
Because of the invasive procedure needed to place a dental implant, some patients at our Clapham Junction dental practice prefer to look at dentures as an alternative option.
Dentures have gained a poor reputation in some parts, often due to them becoming loose. This, however, is more likely to be the result of bone deterioration caused by the lost tooth root, than the fault of the dentures. Discomfort too is sometimes cited by denture wearers. This may have been due, to some extent, to the materials used in traditional dentures over the years.
Modern dentures though are made from more comfortable materials, and some, like the Valplast brand are made to be more comfortable by offering flexibility. This flexibility helps to ensure that the dentures fit the mouth well and offer an increased amount of comfort for patients. Modern Valplast dentures are available from the Confidental Clinic in Clapham and we will be pleased to discuss this latest option with you at your consultation.
As we have said, dental implants are considered to be the best option for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges too offer a fixed option, but this does involve the preparation of otherwise healthy teeth which may discourage some. Whilst dentures may not be for everybody, they do offer a straightforward and practical way to replace a missing tooth.
There are a number of benefits in doing so.
Firstly, by closing a gap when a tooth has been lost, the aesthetic appearance of your smile is greatly improved. This especially applies in the case of the highly visible front teeth. Secondly, modern dentures allow the patient to eat a wide range of food, and, especially if a number of teeth have been lost, offer a practical solution that will help you to enjoy eating once more.
Finally, if a gap is left between the teeth, the teeth either side will start to encroach into the vacant space. This, in turn, will allow movement of the rest of the teeth and can result in an uneven smile.
Whilst an increasing number of our patients from Clapham Junction and Battersea are moving towards dental implants, the use of dentures to replace a lost tooth should not be dismissed.
To discuss dentures and other options for tooth replacement, please all the Confidental Clinic in Clapham on 020 7801 9060.