Implant Restoration vs. Traditional Restoration
At one point or another, most people experience the misfortune of missing teeth. When faced with this dilemma, modern dentistry offers excellent solutions.
While traditional dentures and bridges work adequately to restores smiles and function, they fail to address the root of the issue. More recently, many dentists and patients favor permanent dental implants for their comprehensive treatment. It is important to understand the pros and cons of each method to make an informed decision.
Traditional Restoration of Missing Teeth
Traditional approaches provide a relatively quick solution. Typically, a dentist can have a denture or bridge made within 2 to 3 weeks. Insurance covers the expense of dentures, making their affordability a plus.
To give you a comfortable fit, dentures, and bridges are customized to the individual’s unique bite. Most chewing functions are restored. The dentist closely matches the color of the prosthetic to natural teeth. They are aesthetically pleasing and restore a beautiful smile.
There are some downsides to dentures and bridges. Dentures rely on an adhesive to keep them in place, but slippage still occurs. Some wearers must follow a restricted diet of soft foods to avoid the movement of dentures.
Bridges clasp onto neighboring teeth and use cement to stay in place. However, this procedure requires altering adjacent healthy teeth. Those that use bridges are at greater risk for erosion and additional tooth loss.
Finally, dentures and bridges cause serious bone loss. Without tooth roots, the bone atrophies and leads to sunken facial features. This ages a person’s appearance.
Additionally, bone resorption, a process that deteriorates bone volume causes dentures to need continual realignment and sometimes replacement. The potential need to replace dentures should be considered as part of their cost.
Replace missing teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Implants offer a comprehensive solution to the many issues associated with tooth loss.
Titanium posts implanted into the jaw fuse with bone and mimic natural teeth roots. This stimulates bone growth and prevents resorption, helping to preserve the natural shape of the jaw and the beauty of the smile.
Additionally, implants gather support directly from the jaw instead of a neighboring tooth, avoiding damage caused by metal clasps and the use of messy cement. Dental implants provide a lasting solution for a permanent restoration.
However, certain drawbacks may cause reluctance for people to choose implants. This procedure often requires several months to complete, and many insurance providers will not cover the cost of implants.
Furthermore, sufficient bone volume is required for an implant. Missing teeth over a prolonged time causes rapid bone loss. Sometimes bone grafting is necessary before treatment can begin.
Let’s come up with a plan together
Give us a call at the dental office of Dr. William J. McKibben. We can consider all treatments and find an appropriate and affordable option to restore your beautiful smile.