Tooth loss is a common problem many adults face. Along with affecting the person’s appearance, tooth loss can drastically impact their oral health. To reduce these risks, a patient must replace the missing tooth. There are several tooth replacement options including dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. So, how do you know which one is right for you?
When deciding on a tooth alternative, it’s important to ask these questions:
In this blog, we’ll answer these questions about three of the most common restorative methods: dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges.
Dental implants are unique because they are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth root. This is important because the implant (a small titanium or ceramic rod) stimulates the jawbone so it can regenerate the tissue and keep it strong. This prevents atrophy and facial sagging that can make a person appear much older than they are.
Another reason why dental implants are so popular is that they are extremely successful. In fact, the success rate of dental implants ranges between 95 and 98%. This is attributed to how easy it is to determine a person’s candidacy for the procedure.
Dentists won’t recommend dental implants to patients with these oral and overall health issues:
To ensure dental implant success, be sure to choose a dentist with years of experience in treating dental implant patients.
When the dental implant procedure is successful, the implant will most likely never need to be replaced.
Dentures are one of the fastest and most affordable tooth replacement options for patients with several missing teeth on the top or bottom of their smile. Dentists can work with a dental lab technician to create full or partial dentures that look as natural as possible.
Unfortunately, dentures don’t help with jawbone regeneration. In fact, it may contribute to jawbone resorption and further tooth loss. If you have an otherwise healthy smile, dentures may be an appropriate solution, but many times, they’re a short-term substitute.
A dental bridge is quite literally a bridge between the gaps of two teeth. Traditional bridges are made up of two dental crowns and one to three prosthetic teeth. The dental crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. To do this, the dentist needs to remove part of the enamel on the natural teeth.
Again, this option doesn’t replace the tooth root so the jawbone is still susceptible to resorption. However, stabilizing the remaining teeth is beneficial for keeping the neighboring teeth from shifting into the gap.
To determine which tooth replacement option is best for your smile, visit with an experienced dentist. A qualified and respected dentist will consider your oral and overall health, budget, and preferences when determining which option is right for you.
If you live in the Atlanta, GA area, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers utilizes state-of-the-art technology and personalized service to give patients a pleasant dental experience. Dr. Rodgers is passionate about helping patients restore the appearance, health, and function of their smiles through restorative dentistry.
Call our friendly dental team today at 404-577-6620 to schedule an initial consultation.