Tooth loss can be devastating to your self-esteem. Even a single missing tooth can change the way you look or create a speech impediment. Immediate replacement is necessary but which restoration is right for you? Though there are many options, they are all variations of two basic foundations: dentures or dental implants. If you are considering implants or dentures in Birmingham, AL, explore the advantages and disadvantages of each carefully. Your periodontist should be an excellent source for information.

What You Should Know About Dentures

Pro:

Dentures, or false teeth, are an affordable option. Some types of dentures can be placed quickly after tooth extraction to ensure that you are able to look and feel like yourself again.

Con:

Dentures are removable and therefore, not always reliable. Held in place with paste or glue, denture wearers often complain of sliding or clicking dentures. Food restrictions are common because of this. They must also be taken out and cleaned. Dentures do nothing to stop the bone loss that occurs after tooth loss, and in a sense, will facilitate bone loss. This bone loss changes the shape of your gums which necessitates refitting of dentures.

What You Should Know About Dental Implants

Pro:

Dental implants offer ultimate stability. They are a permanent tooth restoration option. An implant post is placed in the jawbone and integrates with it over time. The stimulation this provides to the jawbone prevents further bone loss. This stability offers additional benefits, such as little to no food restrictions and reduced maintenance. Implants require the same oral hygiene routine as your natural teeth do.

Con:

When compared with dentures, most implant options will cost more. Additionally, patients who have experienced bone loss may need bone grafts before implants can be placed.

For more information about implants or dentures in Birmingham, AL, contact our office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Leigh Kent. Dr. Kent is a periodontal specialist who can help you determine the best option for you.