Choosing the right option for you
Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss, often as a result of injury or periodontal disease. Besides the aesthetic consequences associated with tooth loss, there are some lesser known side effects. These include the shifting of the remaining teeth and, ultimately, bone loss.
Fortunately, both implants and dentures are excellent treatment options for patients who are missing teeth.
A dental implant, which is a titanium screw that is surgically implanted in the jawbone, serves as an artificial tooth root. Replacement teeth are then anchored to the implant so that they are sturdy and secure. While dental implants are typically considered cosmetic, and thus might not be covered by some insurance plans, they offer many benefits, including:
- Aesthetically pleasing. Implants are designed to appear and function like natural teeth, making them a desirable option for patients suffering from tooth loss.
- Easy to maintain. Unlike dentures, implants are not removable and are easy to maintain. In fact, caring for dental implants is no different than caring for natural teeth; you’ll simply need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
- Durable. When cared for properly, dental implants can last many years and perhaps even a lifetime.
Dentures, which are removable appliances that replace missing teeth, have come a long way in recent years. Today’s dentures are available in a variety of shades and sizes, allowing for a more natural appearance. Full dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are a good option for patients with some remaining natural teeth. While dentures are removable and thus can sometimes slip and make eating certain foods challenging, there are also some notable benefits:
- Cost-effective. Dentures are often at least partially covered by many insurance carriers, making them a more affordable tooth replacement option.
- Non-invasive. Dental implants require a surgical procedure. Comparatively, getting dentures is a non-invasive, painless experience for patients.
If you’re suffering from tooth loss, contact us today. We will help you determine which of our treatment options is the best fit for your unique needs.