Have you lost teeth and want to restore them?
Are you stuck between choosing dentures or oral implants? You aren’t alone!
As they have boomed in popularity in recent years, more people than ever before are considering having oral implants fitted to conceal gaps in their teeth. And, with their longevity, versatility and aesthetic appeal, who can blame them? But if you feel a bit squeamish about having oral implant surgery and all that it entails, you may find yourself leaning more in favour of dentures.
When you come to Kooringal dental, we will help you decide which restorative procedure is better for your needs. We have years of expertise with creating dentures and fitting dental implants in Wagga, so whatever you choose, we are well equipped to help with both scenarios. Brilliant!
So, how do dentures compare to dental implants in Wagga?
When we make dentures, we will usually take a mould of your teeth and jaw to help us make a perfect likeness of your natural teeth. This process is usually completed in one session, after which we send the moulds to be made into dentures.
With dental implants in Wagga, we will take scans of your mouth to assess suitability. Once this is done, we will usually book you in for a fitting appointment, which can be the same week as the initial consultation as the implants themselves do not require shaping to personalised specifications.
While this will vary depending on how large your dentures are, the average time to create them is between 6 weeks to 3 months.
With oral implants, the initial fitting of the implant(s) can take up to a month with multiple appointments. And then, you will have to wait between 3-6 months for them to fuse with your jaw. This period will vary depending on your age and overall health.
Once they have fused and you have the prosthetic teeth placed atop them, their maintenance is the same as regular teeth.
With dentures, you need to purchase dental adhesive, a soaking/cleaning powder and other accessories to keep them in top shape. So, while they are initially easier to have created, their maintenance can be tricky, especially for older people.
With dentures, once you begin using them you may notice that they begin to rub on your gums, causing sores and ulcers.
In contrast, implants do not move, so you will not face this issue but, depending on how diligent you are in relation to aftercare and as a risk associated with many surgeries, you may develop an infection. If you suspect you have an infection following the fitting of an oral implant, contact our team.
Implants offer the advantages of being physically robust, ergo, they can help you eat harder foods and thus improve your diet.
They also help rebuild bone that has been lost to extracted teeth and can improve your overall dental health by reducing the occurrence of unremoved plaque and bacteria.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.