I’ve lost several visible teeth and need to replace them. I currently have removable partial dentures and I don’t like the way they look. I chose them because they were so much more affordable. I’m wondering if that is a mistake. Do the dental implants look better than the dentures?
If your tooth replacements don’t look beautiful or natural it’s not because they’re dentures. It’s because your current dentist lacks skill in the cosmetic portion of their profession. You can have either procedure done and it can look stunning and blend in perfectly or they can look completely fake. It’s all in the skill of the dentist. However, there are inherent differences between dentures and dental implants.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- As you mentioned before, dentures are removable. By nature, dental implants are permanent. They’re implanted into your jaw, so there is no chance of them slipping or sliding around in your mouth.
- They’re also considerably more comfortable. It’s like having healthy, natural teeth back in your mouth.
- The biggest advantage is the way they prevent bone loss. When your teeth are removed, your body senses the roots are no longer there and starts resorbing the minerals in your jawbone. If all your teeth are removed, this leads to facial collapse. Dental implants prevent that.
Who Can Create Beautiful Dental Work?
Ideally, you’ll want a dentist who is skilled in cosmetic dental work. There’s not a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. Any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. But, like any artistic field, some will be better than others. You want to make sure you get the gifted artist and not the starving artist.
It’s quite challenging for a patient to know ahead of time what they’re getting into when it comes to the cosmetic skills of a dentist. You’ll want to know that they have both technical knowledge and artistry in their work.
The easiest way to do that is to go to mynewsmile.com. If you input your zip code along with the distance you are willing to travel, they’ll present you with a list of skilled, artistic cosmetic dentists that they’ve carefully vetted. A dentist can not just pay to be listed. They have to demonstrate their technical knowledge as well as their artistic ability.
Whichever procedure you choose to replace your missing teeth, if you want them to be attractive, it’s the dentist you choose that matters most.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steven Murphree.