Dentures are removable restorations that sit on the gums and are used to restore complete or partial tooth loss in the upper and/or lower jaw or both. For complete tooth loss, patients will have a denture that directly rests on the gums. For partial tooth loss, partial dentures are supported by existing teeth.
The base of dentures are made from an acrylic material that matches the color of the patient’s gums. Attached to the base are artificial teeth to restore the look of your smile.
Pros: Restoring your smile with dentures is less costly and the process is much shorter than dental implant treatment.
Cons: Since the base of the denture is made from acrylic, the results will not look as natural as dental implants. This restoration is also removable and doesn’t provide the same stability as implants. Dentures also fail to provide stimulation for the underlying jawbone, meaning that jawbone deterioration can continue with this restoration. Patients with dentures will also sometimes feel the device slip around, making it more difficult to properly chew and speak.
Additionally, dentures will need to be replaced more frequently. While dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper maintenance, dentures must be replaced every 3 to 7 years. In the end, dental implants are a lifelong investment in your oral health and dentures are a quick band-aid solution falling short in many areas.
Dental bridges have a less negative connotation than dentures, but still fail to match the results dental implants provide. A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth that occur between teeth. This option uses the remaining existing natural teeth that are on either side of the space. These teeth, also known as abutment teeth, anchor the false teeth in between. In order to make a retoration that bridges the gap often times perfectly intact abutment teeth need to be prepared or irresversible shaved down so that a bridge can utilize the prepared teeth for anchors to accommodate the restorative device. Dental implants allow Dr. Vito to leave otherwise healthy and intact teeth alone and just replace the missing teeth.
Pros: The process for dental bridgework is sometimes less costly and less time consuming than treatment with dental implants.
Cons: Dental implants allow Dr. Vito to re-establish indivdual tooth replacement thus allowing a patient to better maintain oral hygiene. When the abutment teeth of bridgework gets decay, often times the bridge needs to be destroyed to be removed. Once the decay is repaired the bridge then needs to be remade. This will result in bridgework ultimately costing more than dental implants.
As with the case of dentures, the longevity of dental bridgework is also no match for treatment with dental implants. Dental bridges must be replaced periodically, which usually ranges somewhere between 5 to 7 years.
With any dental care decision, you must consider the specifics of your oral health, finances and commitment to the restorative process. With all this aside, it’s safe to say that dental implants provide the best results for patients who meet implant candidacy requirements. To know for sure if dental implants are the best option for you, a consultation with Dr. James A. Vito is required. After confirming your candidacy for dental implant treatment, you will enjoy some of the major perks of dental implants including:
There are pros and cons to each restorative option. However, many patients find their results with dental implants to be unlike any other option on the market. To find out what dental implants can do for your smile, reach out to our office! Start your implant journey today by contacting our office to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. James A. Vito.
Dr. James Vito
523 East Lancaster Ave
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