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Dental Implants vs. Dentures or a Dental Bridge

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WITH A MOUTH FULL OF MISSING TEETH, OR SEVERAL IN A ROW it may be unrealistic and costly to replace every missing tooth with a dental implant. As an alternative, dental implants are commonly used as an anchored support for dentures or a dental bridge.
Dental implants can support a dental bridge or denture
While initially it seems less expensive to get a traditional denture or dental bridge, implant supported dentures and bridges pay off tremendously in the long run. The dental implants provide anchored chewing support and prevent bone and gum loss, which results in a longer lasting smile, preserved oral health, and less long-term payments for replacement and restoration procedures. Implant supported dentures and dental bridges preserve your bones and gums so that you can continue smiling and chewing for years to come. While an implant supported denture or dental bridge has several advantages, some patients feel that a traditional denture or dental bridge fits their needs in some cases. Ultimately, visit with your dentist to determine which tooth replacement solution is best for you.

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

If you are missing most or all of your teeth you have probably considered getting dentures. While traditional dentures restore the look of your smile and support facial muscles, they come with some disadvantages. Because a traditional denture rests directly on top of the gums but has no underlying support, the gums and jawbone lack the stimulation of tooth roots to keep them strong and healthy. Bone loss, receding gums, and face shape alteration are not uncommon for denture wearers. A patient who experiences these consequences may need denture resizing and can be at risk for periodontal disease. Other disadvantages of dentures can include:

•Slipping and sliding
•Gum irritation
•Minimal chewing support
•Impaired talking ability
•Embarrassing clicking or sucking noises
•Reduced food taste

Alternatively, implant supported dentures have several dental implants to imitate the function of the tooth roots, maintaining gum and bone structure. The dental implants offer chewing support and stability for the dentures, which are attached to the top. In many cases, the attachment allows the dentures to be removed for easy cleaning. Implant supported dentures safeguard against deterioration and periodontal disease, in addition to making eating and talking more comfortable.

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants

A dental bridge is a common solution for a row of missing teeth. In many cases, the teeth adjacent to the gap are shaved down and fit with dental crowns, which act as anchors for the row of artificial teeth between them. Like a traditional denture, a dental bridge rests over the top of the gums, leaving the underlying gums and bone to eventually deteriorate without proper stimulation. As the jawbone weakens and the gums recede, the dental bridge can begin to slide and cause irritation. Plaque can easily creep into the space between the gum and dental bridge, creating a risk for periodontal disease, additional tooth loss, and other oral health issues.

Implant supported dental bridges provide a longer-term and healthier solution for tooth replacement. Instead of having to reshape the adjacent healthy teeth, one or more dental implants are positioned into the gums to function like tooth roots. These dental implants attach to the dental bridge, creating chewing support and preventing bone or gum loss. In addition, implant supported dental bridges are slip resistant, since they are attached firmly to the implants.

Contact a Crown Council Dental Implant Dentist

To learn more about how dental implants can support dentures or a dental bridge and the impact it can have on your life, find and contact a Crown Council member dental implant dentist in your area today!

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