A toothless smile is not a cause of major concern these days, as it was before. There are many viable options available to patients for replacing a missing tooth, and restoring your smile and confidence. Dentures, bridges and dental implants can give you back your lost tooth via artificial, yet natural-looking prosthetic teeth. Dentists have been performing these tooth replacement procedures successfully worldwide; it’s about time that we discuss each of these treatments, so you can decide which tooth replacement option suits your needs and lifestyle best.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically implanted titanium screws. These screws serve as artificial tooth roots that osseointegrate with the jawbone over time. Dental implants are performed in several stages: treatment planning, oral surgery, osseointegration, and placement of the abutment tooth.
Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement procedures available today because they are highly stable, comfortable, durable, and long-lasting. They remain implanted with the jawbone; thus, they feel very much like natural teeth. Implants will not move uncomfortably when you speak or smile. Most patients describe dental implants as like “having new set of teeth”. Dental implants can offer a lifetime of natural-looking smiles.
Dental implants are only for patients with sufficient bone mass and good gum health. This is because osseointegration plays an important role for the success of the procedure. Osseointegraton is a naturally occurring process that takes about 3 months to complete. The patient who decides to take dental implants should, therefore be aware that the entire procedure takes several months to finish.
What Are Bridges?
Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth attached to the patient’s adjacent teeth or dental implants. The procedure involves preparing the teeth for the procedure, taking your dental impression, having the bridge fabricated by an outside lab, wearing a temporary bridge and finally placing the permanent bridge to replace the lost tooth. The entire treatment can be completed in 2 separate visits, with an interval in between for fabrication of the permanent bridge.
Dental bridges are also comfortable, durable and long-lasting. A bridge can last for over 15 years when you maintain good oral hygiene and practice healthy habits.
Dental bridges require the adjacent teeth to be filed; thus, removing a portion of your tooth enamel. They also place additional weight or force on the supporting teeth.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures or false teeth, are your traditional, yet reliable approach to replace lost teeth. You may have a friend or a loved one using dentures. False teeth can be full or partial; that is, replacing either all or part of your teeth.
Dentures can provide you with natural-looking prosthetic teeth, and have been doing it wonderfully for many years, to patients all over the world.
Dentures have the tendency to move and even accidentally slip off whenever the mouth moves if a denture adhesive is not used properly. This makes eating and speaking quite a challenge for new denture users. Dentures also require special care and maintenance. They need to be rinsed and cleansed several times a day, and soaked in a cleaning solution overnight.
Talk with Us about your Needs
We, at Belmont Dental care, are here to help you decide which tooth replacement option will suit you best. First, we will perform a dental examination, and then make recommendations based on our findings. Then, we will discuss your options, and the treatment that we feel will suit you best. Schedule your initial consultation by calling us at (480) 609-0050(480) 609-0050, or by visiting our online appointment page.
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