A Comparison of Replacement Options
You probably know that dentures, partial dentures, and bridges are common options for replacing missing teeth, and now you know how dental implants can provide a strong, healthy smile, as well. You may be uncertain which options are right for you. A consultation with one of our doctors is a great start, so we can discuss your personal goals and dental status. Budget is another important factor in determining the best choice from the following options:
An implant can fill the gap made by one missing tooth, or a few teeth, or even a full mouth of missing teeth. Because they are implanted in the bone, similar to the original tooth, they help keep the jaw strong, which also makes these the most functional option. They are natural-looking and durable and require the simplest care.
When there is a gap in existing, healthy teeth, a bridge can be placed in between, anchored by crowns on both sides. These are a faster replacement and cost less initially. Care is more intensive, and they are likely to need replacement, possibly more than once.
Partial and Full Dentures
Custom sets of partial or full dentures are made to look great and fit well. They are most affordable, though they do not prevent bone loss in the jaw. This causes or contributes to the “sunken” look many associate with dentures, and that in turn causes the fit of the dentures to become less comfortable as time goes on.