Choosing A Tooth Replacement
Do you have a missing tooth? If so, finding a tooth replacement as soon as possible is crucial. The longer you wait, the harder it is to restore your tooth. At first glance, it may seem like there are several tooth replacement solutions to choose from. It is important to compare these options on several levels to determine which tooth replacement will give you the longest lasting support and aesthetics. Your cosmetic dentist understands the benefits and drawbacks of each replacement option, and is happy to sit down and discuss them with you. Ask your dentist about dentures vs. implants and a tooth implant vs. bridge. Three of the main replacement options are compared below based on longevity, stability, and cost:
Longevity: No matter how good a tooth replacement looks or what it costs, longevity is one of the most important factors. When compared side-by-side, dentures vs. implants or a tooth implant vs. bridge, dental implants by far last the longest. Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, a dental implant prevents against bone deterioration and gum recession. When the bone and gums maintain their shape, a dental implant can remain permanently placed, while dentures or a bridge usually require replacement or refitting. When good oral hygiene habits are kept, a dental implant can last up to a lifetime.
Stability: One of the most important functions of your tooth is its chewing capacity. While the tooth itself needs to be strong, its main chewing support comes from the underlying tooth root. A dental implant is supported by a titanium rod that bonds to the jawbone, making the dental implant more stable than any other replacement option. A dental bridge offers adequate chewing support, but the restoration becomes loose over time as the gums begin to recede. Traditional dentures rest directly on the gums, and often slide around when you try to chew, causing many denture wearers to eat only soft foods.
Cost: While cost is probably one of the first factors you look at, it is not always as cut-and-dry as it seems. When the costs of dentures vs. implants or a tooth implant vs. bridge are compared, dental implants are usually the most expensive option upfront. When future costs are calculated, however, the dental implant may be the most cost-effective solution. While a dental implant requires little maintenance and can last up to a lifetime, a dental bridge or dentures usually require multiple refittings and replacement in the course of a lifetime.
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