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Have you lost or are you at risk of losing all of your teeth? If you are considering a tooth restoration treatment plan, you should know about all of the options that are available to you with modern dentistry.
Previously, regular dentures were the most commonly prescribed treatment for replacing all missing teeth. Unfortunately, they don’t do anything to stop the bone loss and gum recession that occur as a result of having missing teeth. As a result, patients who use regular dentures undergo changes in their facial appearances over time and are likely to end up with faces that sag and have sunken cheeks.
Teeth replacement options for patients who have lost all of their teeth have advanced significantly in recent years. Now, patients have the option to replace their teeth with dental implants. Dental implants address the problems of bone loss in addition to providing artificial teeth that offer greater stability and durability.
Before you decide which option is best for your needs, you should talk with your dentist first to determine your eligibility for these treatments. In the meantime, here are are few things to know about implant treatments versus regular complete dentures before you make a decision on how to proceed with restoring your teeth.
Dental implants have a high rate of success for patients who have lost all of their teeth. However, you must also have good dental and overall health in order to be eligible for this procedure.
Overview. A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is used to replace the roots of your missing teeth. In the case where all of the teeth have been lost, a dental implant will be placed in the sockets of several of the missing teeth and overdentures will be designed to be affixed to the abutments of the dental implant. The overdentures are secured in place by the implants, providing stability and natural function, and can be removed to be cleaned.
Benefits. The success rate for dental implants is the highest of all tooth restoration procedures at around 98%. Even in cases where the patient has experienced significant bone loss, high success rates can still be achieved once the patients have undergone bone augmentation procedures.
With proper care, an implant treatment can last a lifetime. You’ll get to enjoy eating, talking, laughing, smiling, all without having to worry about your overdentures slipping or falling out.
Drawbacks. All patients are not eligible for dental implants. If the patient does not have adequate bone density, bone height, and over health, a bone graft must be done prior to this procedure.
In addition, although it is extremely rare, dental implants may also fail which can result in the procedure needing to be performed again in order for a successful surgery to occur. That said, there are very few negatives for people who wish to restore all of their teeth with dental implants.
If you are considering complete dentures as a quicker and less expensive fix for replacing all of your teeth, here is what you should know.
Overview. Complete dentures are artificial teeth and gums designed to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw or both. In some cases, a dentist may remove any teeth that are remaining and then fit the patient for complete dentures.
Advantages. Dentures are an easy way to address your missing teeth problems if you can’t afford dental implants. You’ll be able to eat some of your favorite solid foods again and you’ll also have teeth to help your with speaking problems. Although, your dentures will need to be replaced at some point, they can typically last for 5 to 10 years.
Drawbacks. Dentures come with many drawbacks because they can be difficult to maintain. To maintain your dentures in the best shape, you need to brush them regularly, make sure that you store them in a glass of water before you go to bed, and avoid dropping them on hard surfaces. You’ll also need to make sure that you allot a budget for the ongoing purchases of dentures adhesives and dentures cleaning solutions. These products are also necessary for maintaining your dentures.
In addition, complete dentures can be highly uncomfortable to wear on a regular basis because they move around alot. This can impact your speech and your eating habits as you’ll have to make adjustments to keep them in place.
Dentures also won’t do anything to stop the bone loss and facial appearance changes that come along with having missing teeth. In addition, if you are only using complete dentures to delay the cost of a dental implant procedure, the longer you wait to replace your complete dentures with dental implants, the more expensive the dental implant procedure will likely become due to continuous bone loss.
Having missing teeth for an extended period of time (months or years) means that the dentist will also need to restore the lost bone with a bone graft procedure before the dental implant can be inserted into the jawbone, which will increase the time for treatment and also the cost.
Dental implants have become the most commonly recommended treatment for patients who have lost all of their teeth. They also offer a longer lasting and better functioning solution when compared with complete dentures. Since every smile restoration procedure is unique, only a dentist will be able to determine if you are eligible to receive an implant overdentures.
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