Dentures V Dental Implants – the great debate…

It’s a question I’m often asked…should a patient go for dental implants or dentures?

I will often refer a new patient to your website or our in-clinic testimonial book to read what our past patients have had to say about the dental implant decision.

Some of their own words make for really powerful reading.

This is a testimonial from a lady in her early 60s who’d had three decades of denture wearing. Then she decided to opt for the dental implant solution when she came to our Glasgow dental clinic.

“I lost my teeth when I was in my late 30s and was never comfortable wearing dentures. I rarely smiled, as I was self-conscious of my dentures looking false.

“As I am a vegetarian who enjoys healthy eating I had trouble eating certain foods such as some breads, fruits, nuts and pulses, this problem restricted my choices when I was eating out. It was a major decision for me to go through with the treatment for implants.

“Philip put my mind at ease by explaining from start to finish the procedure, any potential complications and what post treatment I would need to receive.

“He explained this in a jargon free way, which helped me to talk to my family, who were uncertain and worried about dental treatment that seemed pretty complicated and almost like a major operation. Immediately after my treatment when I returned home I received a phone call from Philip to see how I was feeling, which reassured me very much.

“Post operation I was in a little discomfort, which lasted around seven weeks, but by following the advice given by Philip I have had no further problems and it has been a great success. I have no regrets and psychologically feel more confident and assertive when speaking and eating. My daughter mentioned this year that I looked different in the holiday photos, happier and younger looking, which I was pleased to hear.

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.

“Although at times it was a lengthy process, I would advise anyone who feels self-conscious about wearing dentures to consider implants as an alternative. I received first class information, treatment and post-operative care, which have made a huge difference to my way of life.”

We were very pleased to receive such a positive reaction from our patient. It is clear that her life has been greatly enhanced by her new dental implants.
We all smiled especially when we read her quote…

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.”

Eating for many is of course a simple – no thought required – process. For this lady it had been problematic in the past when she didn’t have the implants. We were delighted with her specific mention about the difference it had made to her when dining.