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Replacement options for missing teeth are absolutely necessary given the fact that not having all of your teeth can mean serious health risks and major lifestyle changes for you. The sooner that you find a replacement solution for your lost teeth, the better off you will be.
However, since there is no one-size-fits-all solution for replacing missing teeth, you and your dentist will likely discuss several treatment options before you determine which one is the right solution for your unique case. In addition, your dentist is the only one who can determine which procedures are available to you given the current state of your missing teeth and your overall medical and dental health.
Here are some important things to know about implant treatments versus partial dentures so that you can choose the right treatment option to restore the look and function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants offer a more stable and cost-effective option for restoring multiple missing teeth. However, you may also want to consider partial dentures, especially if both options are presented to you by your dentist.
Overview. Removal partial dentures are made from replacement teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-colored base. Partial dentures sometimes have metal framework with clasps designed to keep the dentures in place when it is in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when several natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw following the loss of other teeth.
Benefits. Partial dentures are an option for replacing missing teeth that will allow you to restore the function of your teeth so that you can stop struggling with chewing and talking, and regain your confident smile. Removal partial dentures also offers a solution with a lower initial cost than dental implants, which can make it an option for patients who cannot afford to spend more for dental implants.
Drawbacks. The limitations of partial dentures come into play when you consider the long term aspects of replacing your missing teeth. Partial dentures will not do anything to stop the loss of bone and gum recession. Over time, the remaining natural teeth may be at risk due to the forces being placed on them by the partial dentures. In addition, you may be at a greater risk of developing periodontal disease if you do not take care to properly clean your partial dentures and maintain good oral hygiene. The partial dentures will have to be removed and brushed daily and cannot be worn overnight.
You’ll also need to consider whether you will need dental adhesive, cleaning solutions, and other supplies, as cleaning and affixing your dentures will also become a regular maintenance task.
Implant treatments are generally considered to be the standard for replacing missing teeth in modern dentistry thanks to the high success rate of this procedure and the fact that it is designed to provide a more permanent solution for tooth loss.
Overview. A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is inserted into the jawbone so that it can undergo osseointegration, or fusion, with your existing natural bone. The dental implant is inserted into or near the jawbone in order to provide replacement roots for your missing teeth. Once the dental implant is in place, crowns or bridges may be put into place in order to create artificial replacement teeth.
Benefits. Dental implants offer many benefits. First, they work to directly eliminate bone loss and gum recession problems that occur after teeth are lost or extracted. As a result, they can prevent the look of premature aging that may partial dentures patients suffer from.
In addition, dental implants may be more cost-effective over the long term because they are designed to last. When a dental implant is properly cared for, it can last an average of 25 years. Dental implants also offer a significantly better option than dentures when it comes to their functional benefits because they will not shift or fall out, unlike partial dentures. Dental implants are made to offer a close fit with the natural teeth.
Drawbacks. The main drawback for most patients that do not immediately opt for dental implant treatment is the initial cost. Also, dental implants do not come without risks. There is a small risk that the dental implants could fail, and you may need to have the procedure performed for a second time. In addition, becoming a candidate for dental implant surgery requires that you have good dental and overall health. As a result, some patients may not be eligible for this procedure and that is why it is so important for you to review all of the missing teeth treatment options that are available to you.
Only a dentist can determine the right course of treatment to restore your smile. Whether you are considering implant treatment or partial dentures, your dentist will be able to advise you on the options that are available to you giving your medical and dental history. Schedule an appointment with a dentist today to discuss your needs. Click here to request an appointment or call 225-399-4521 today.