Given that there are varying options for fixing teeth sometimes the question of ‘why this exactly?’ comes up. And having a well informed answer to that question can make all the difference between making or breaking your teeth. Each has it’s own functionality in providing the best support to your oral issues so let’s take a closer look at crowns, dentures and dental implants.
The crown in your natural tooth and a crown replaced by the dentist have the same purpose. They are the enamel that form the body of the tooth and can replaced, provided the rest of the tooth is in place. Functioning much like a cover, crowns are great for using over badly decayed or broken teeth. Whilst serving a functional purpose, crowns are also commonly used for aesthetic reasons to cover discolouration or poor shape.
Dentures are generally used for a full row of teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw or both which you probably saw on your grandmother’s nightstand as a child. Though dentures have been in use for many years, they are uncomfortable and pose a multitude of problems such as slipping and speech impairment. They also make it difficult to eat normally as the food often gets stuck making it an altogether unpleasant experience. However, with modern technology dentures have collaborated with dental implants to provide a better solution and more comfortable fit and partial dentures are also available as seen below:
The above two dental procedure are similar to dental implants in that they are both prosthetic alternatives to natural teeth. But the main differences lie in their stability and longevity as dental implants are sturdy, and since they are infused with the bone tend to provide the functions of your normal teeth. You will be checked for the best possible options and if there is enough bone in your jaw in which to place an implant.
Good oral hygiene habits should be maintained throughout our lives. There isn’t much point in losing your teeth and having them replaced if you are not going to take care of your new teeth as well. Dental implants need to be taken care of much like your actual teeth which means regular brushing, flossing and other habits are necessary. Mouthwash is extremely effective in removing small food particles in-between crevices greatly eliminating the risk of bacteria and plaque build-up.
This should help you decide on what you think would fit your issue. The main thing to remember is that if you want to get something other than an implant, there needs to be some amount of tooth left to work with.