Three of the most popular tooth replacement options are dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Here is some further detail about each of the three most popular options, along with the positives and negatives for each treatment option.
This option is typically selected to replace more than one tooth. If this option is chosen, the patient will be measured and a pair of dentures will be crafted to match the patient’s natural teeth if any still exist.
For patients on a fixed budget, dentures are a good option at an affordable cost. Patients can also get a set made in only a couple of weeks. This allows them to chew again without oral surgery or a bridge.
When they are compared to the two other treatment options, dentures are generally considered to be the least comfortable option. Patients also say that dentures do not look as natural as bridges or dental implants. Dentures do not stop the process of bone deterioration that can occur in the jaw when teeth are lost. This can ultimately result in a loss of jaw muscle tone and sunken facial features. Additionally, patients sometimes have trouble speaking clearly and enjoying their favorite foods. Denture replacement is usually needed every ten years or so.
This option is an artificial tooth that is anchored on a base that is attached to the two teeth surrounding the damaged tooth. This creates a small “bridge” to support the replacement tooth.
Many patients find that getting a bridge is more cost-effective than getting dental implants. no painful surgery is needed, and the procedure can usually be completed much more quickly.
One of the biggest drawbacks for bridges is that once natural teeth have been ground down for anchors to the bridge piece, they can never be restored to their original state. This means that the basic structure of the tooth is compromised and, when this happens, there is greater risk of decay or the need for root canal treatment in the future. Replacement or adjustment for this option is usually needed every 5 to 10 years.
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that is based upon an artificial tooth root. The root piece is usually made of titanium and permanently attached to the jawbone. After the area is healed, a middle piece called an abutment is attached, and then a natural-looking replacement tooth is connected as the final step.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels, and functions just like a real tooth. Dental implants require no extra maintenance and can be cared for just as you would your real teeth. Additionally, this amazing tooth replacement treatment is the only one that can reduce or stop the jawbone deterioration that typically occurs when patients lose one or multiple teeth.
One of the drawbacks for dental implants is that they are not usually covered by dental insurance. The process can also take much longer than other options that are done in just days or weeks. Dental implants require multiple visits over the course of 3 to 6 months and supplementary procedures like bone grafts and tissue augmentation may be necessary.
Here at Emanuel Kontos, DMD, we can’t wait to help our patients restore their smiles with natural-looking and functional dental implants. With decades of training and experience, our staff is ready to serve the Tarpon Springs, FL area with exceptional treatments and superior results. We encourage you to give us a call for a no-obligation consultation and start your smile journey today!
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