There are many benefits to receiving a dental implant over other forms of treatment:
- Neighboring teeth do not have to be compromised
- Implants allow you to keep your jaw structure
- They look and feel like natural teeth
- Dental Implants can replace partials and are used to secure loose dentures
There are still many patients that have no other option than a full upper or lower denture. We are able to achieve nice cosmetic results with modern materials that can match not only the tooth's natural color and shape but also the shade of the gum tissues. Achieving success in constructing a new complete denture requires a lot of meticulous work for the best results.
The good news for many patients with complete dentures is that many can be stabilized through the placement of dental implants. We have patients that have implants supporting dentures that have been in place close to 20 years. If you would like to investigate the possibility of making your dentures more secure contact any of our dentists to check out this possibility.
Partial Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. Partials have metal hooks that grab onto the neighboring teeth for support. Unfortunately, the hooks have a tendency to loosen up the teeth and partial dentures have the tendency to get loose and require multiple adjustments throughout the years. On the upper, there is a large piece of metal that goes across the roof of the mouth which can interfere with taste sensation and/or have food collected under it. Additionally, the partial plate can press into the gum tissue and cause sores. The partial dental plate must be taken in and out each day for cleaning. It is certainly not an ideal alternative.
Fixed Permanent Bridge
When there are sufficiently strong teeth on either side of a missing tooth a Fixed Bridge is an excellent option. They can be made to very closely match your natural teeth and they are cemented onto your teeth so you don't have to deal with loose partials. After they are completed you brush and floss them like all your other teeth. They can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. If you are missing teeth that you would like replaced please contact any of our dentists to see if this is a good option for you.