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16 March 2017

Our Surbiton dentist looks at the role dentures still play in modern dentistry.

Many an article has been written about dental implants and how they are the future of artificial teeth replacement. Given that it now seems to be widely accepted that implants are the best method to replace lost teeth, does this mean that dentures are, in effect, redundant in modern dentistry?

Modern dentures

First of all, we should perhaps acknowledge that modern dentures are a great improvement on those worn by our parents, and their parents before them. Not only do they look more natural, thanks to modern production methods, but they also  fit better and are more comfortable to wear. Whether you choose standard acrylic dentures or the latest flexible Valplast dentures, you should find that they provide a natural appearance and an acceptable level of comfort.

Who wears dentures?

Given that dental implants, once placed and integrated with the bone, offer unequalled strength and longevity, it is worth considering who may choose to have dentures to replace a missing tooth, instead of implants.

Dental phobics – One advantage of dentures that can’t be ignored is that invasive dental surgery is usually not necessary to have them fitted. Whereas a dental implant procedure is invasive and takes a few months for the implants to integrate, dentures can be worn almost immediately, without so much as a local anaesthetic. This is ideal for anyone who has a significant fear of dental procedures.

Avoiding a bone graft – Patients of our Surbiton dental practice who have had a tooth missing for some time, may find that the bone density in the jaw has decreased, leaving insufficient jawbone into which an implant can be placed. Whilst this does not mean that an implant can’t be placed, it may be necessary to have a bone graft prior to the implant procedure. Some patients may prefer, instead, to have dentures simply to avoid these additional procedures.

Those on a budget – Dental implants, whilst perhaps offering the best teeth replacement option, are not the cheapest available method. Whilst we offer a wide range of payment plans to help our Surbiton dental patients to spread the cost of an implant procedure, it is possible that, for those on a tight budget, it may be too big an investment at this point in time.  As dentures are not permanent fixtures in the mouth, anyone wishing to swap to dental implants at any point in the future, can do so if they are suitable.

If a patient asks us what we consider the best tooth replacement method to be, we would have to say dental implants as these offer a strength and security that currently can’t be matched. If, however, you prefer not to have these placed, whether for one of the reasons above or any other, we are sure that you will find our modern cosmetic dentures to be an acceptable alternative.

We are always happy to discuss your tooth replacement options with you and we can be contacted at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton on 020 8399 1291.

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