Implants vs. Dentures or Bridges
A dental bridge, partial denture or full denture can be a fantastic option when replacing missing teeth. Today, patients can combine these helpful prosthetics with an ingenious way to retain them in their mouths. At , we can help you have beautiful, functional, permanent teeth. Using dental implants, we can permanently retain your replacement teeth without bothering neighboring teeth. They will feel more natural, look more natural and be healthier for your jawbone.
However you can do it, replacing missing teeth is important to your oral health. When patients choose to not replace missing teeth, the negative effects can be significant. This includes bone loss; neighboring teeth shifting causing changes to your bite and imbalanced chewing causing uneven wear. We are happy to review your options with you and discuss solutions that best fit your financial, medical and personal needs.
The traditional method of placing a dental bridge requires the use of healthy teeth to serve as anchors. This system works fine, but comes with some drawbacks. Placing a bridge over neighboring teeth does not prevent bone atrophy at the site of the missing tooth. Additionally, to place the bridge, we need to permanently alter otherwise healthy teeth, and it is best to not disrupt healthy teeth if we don’t have to.
The traditional method for placing a partial denture includes wire clasps that surround otherwise healthy teeth. These clasps grind and wear the teeth they are attached to, causing permanent damage.
The traditional method of wearing dentures is often described as uncomfortable, and never truly feels like your natural teeth. Traditional dentures are held in place using suction or a store bought addehsive, neither providing the secure feel of natural teeth.
Securing your prosthetic with dental implants changes all of these negative points.
The Dental Implant Difference
A dental implant is a post that we surgically secure directly to your jawbone. Once healed, it will serve as a firm point in your mouth to attach a dental implant to, while also providing the stimulation your bone needs to stay healthy and robust.
Today, dental implants come with a wide variety of options, including the material used, as well as length, and width. We offer both a metallic titanium implant, and a non-metallic ceramic implant. Both materials offer a strong, long lasting option that is biocompatible with your bone and has a lot of research to prove their long term success. Additionally, we offer mini implants, traditional implants, and the longer implants that are used in securing the full arch bridge known as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
Patients who choose to have their prosthetic placed with dental implants are provided the freedom of forgetting they ever had missing teeth to begin with, including full dentures. Implants provide our patients with a firm, permanent solution, that following a healing period, allows them to continue eating their full regular diet, including yes, that ear of corn.
We invite you to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your oral health following the loss of one, multiple or even all of your teeth.