This patient in the image below came to see us because she needed to have her front tooth removed by her dentist due to recurring infection. She was given a denture to replace this missing tooth. However, she hated wearing the denture, which is a removable tooth that is taken out every day.
Case Study: Denture vs Dental Implant
We discussed the options and discussed that when you lose your teeth you can also lose a little bit of gum. Lots can be done to replace this missing gum, which can be done as part of the dental implant procedure.
This patient decided that she wanted to have a dental implant, instead of wearing a removable denture. After the implant is placed there are several temporary options available, during the healing period (usually two to three months). This patient was perfectly happy to have the small black space between the front teeth, as long as the front two teeth matched each other.
During the healing period, a custom crown is made to match the shape and colour of your natural teeth. As you can see from the result below, you can’t tell the difference between the natural tooth and the implant-retained crown we put in.
We believe that dental implants are the best long-term solution to missing teeth. Removable dentures must be removed at night when you sleep, and placed in a glass of water or denture cleanser. This is done to give your gums a chance to recover from having the dentures in place all day.
Dental implants are placed into your jaw, and are very similar to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. This allows you to eat and drink normally, without worrying about your dentures slipping out of place. Dental implants are the best solution to restore missing teeth simply because they are the next best option to real teeth.