Dental implants are popular in the UK nowadays. More Britons are becoming aware that a winning smile can make them winners, and missing teeth can ruin the effect.
However, The NHS does not cover a dental implant, so it can be expensive. Many North Londoners are wondering if it is worth it, or if dentures are the better alternative.
Dentures seldom look anything more than what they are: false teeth. This is especially true for the standard dentures covered by the NHS. Dental implants look and feel more natural and they are not going to fall out if you laugh too hard. You can be confident that your smile looks as natural as you wish with dental implants.
Dentures may give you a full set of teeth, but it will not do anything to keep your jawbone from resorbing. If you are concerned about long-term consequences of missing teeth, you should be. Over time, the bone loss will make your cheeks sag inward, and make you look older. Dental implants can prevent bone loss by stimulating the bone, much like natural teeth. Dental implants also make it easier to chew, which helps in digestion.
A good set of dentures will last a few years. However, you will have to replace them as your bone loss becomes worse, or you lose other teeth because they will not adjust to it. Dental implants cost more, but they can last for up to 20 years with reasonable care. They will not need replacement even if you lose other teeth.
The benefits of dental implants are many, and the drawbacks are few. Dental implants are worth the cost. However, it is important to get them as soon as possible, as bone loss starts as soon as you lose a tooth. You may not qualify for a dental implant if you lose too much bone. Consult with your dentist about it.