Multiple Tooth Replacement Options
Here at Trent Young, DDS we understand that missing even one tooth can be traumatic. Missing several teeth can be devastating. In the short term, missing teeth can hinder clear speech, and limit your diet. You may feel too embarrassed to smile and experience a lack of confidence, hindering your interactions with others. The long-term effects are even worse, putting you at greater risk for bone degeneration, facial collapse, the spread of infection to hard and soft tissue, and loss of even more teeth.
The good news is that there are many solutions available to you, and we are here to help you determine which one is right for you.
Did you know that people have been trying to replace missing teeth with implants for the last 4000 years? How lucky are we to be alive during a time where we can create an artificial tooth that almost perfectly imitates natural teeth in form and function?
Implant restorations, also known as dental implants, are the state of the art solution for replacing missing teeth. The term implant refers specifically to a titanium post that is secured to the jawbone. A restoration, in the field of dentistry, is a life-like artificial tooth that is secured to the implant look and function like a natural tooth.
Like natural teeth, restorations are permanent, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. It should also be noted that only solutions with implants can prevent jawbone degeneration and promote blood flow beneath the gums. However, you should know that the process can be lengthy, and in some cases, take upwards of a year depending on your pre-existing health.
A dental bridge is used to fill in for missing teeth between either 2 implants or 2 natural teeth. It appears very natural and restores the function, where teeth were missing. The bridge attaches to the adjacent implants or teeth via crowns that are one solid piece. They are cemented on permanently to result with a stable and natural looking smile.
Implant Secured Dentures
An implant secured denture is a hybrid solution for those who are missing all of their teeth in either or both of their upper or lower arches. There are many different types of implant secured dentures, and so it is hard to speak broadly about this solution. Typically, implants will strategically be placed along the arch where there is enough available bone mass to support the implant. After the implants are placed, a denture is created to be permanently attached to the implants.
Unlike normal dentures, implant secured dentures are long lasting, durable, and fully functional. They are also aesthetically life-like. Most implant secured dentures do not need to be removed and are a permanent solution to significant tooth loss.
There is no doubt about it, dentures have come a long way in the last several decades, and they do have several benefits many patients find quite attractive. Unlike the other options available to you, dentures do not require oral surgery. If you experience complications with your dentures, they can be easily modified and repaired.
Every day dentures have become more realistic and customizable. Whether you are just replacing one tooth or several, we can make esthetic and functional replacements for you.
However, there are still some drawbacks to dentures. Patients will have to modify their diet and might struggle with certain pronunciations. These challenges occur because denture prosthetics are not as strong or as secure as your natural teeth. This movement generates friction, which can irritate the skin and cause sores.
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