When you have missing teeth and fail to cover the spaces for an extended period, it causes the supporting bone to be reabsorbed in the body. This weakens the structure and surrounding teeth. Replacing these teeth, therefore, is crucial to your dental integrity.
Fortunately, you have three dental restorations that can help replace the teeth—dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Before you can settle for any of these restorations, visit a dentist near you for an assessment on which dental treatment is suitable.
All these three procedures are effective in replacing your teeth, but they differ in appearance and procedure.
Dental implants are metal screws that are fixed on the jaw to support the artificial teeth. These titanium screws offer better support because they fuse to the bone and. Also, they resemble your natural teeth and create a seamless look.
The dental bridges are false teeth that are anchored by two dental crowns fixed on adjacent teeth. They are permanent but will need replacement after about 15 years. These bridges are available in different types from the traditional to the Maryland bridges.
Dentures are false teeth that come in two versions that replace part or all teeth. These teeth are made of artificial teeth with a gum base support. They also resemble your teeth, but they are removable.
Fixing these dental restorations is different:
Getting the dental implants near you needs several visits spread in a couple of months. The dental implant procedure begins with examination to determine if you are eligible. It is vital to have sufficient bone density that can support the implants. If you have insufficient bone density, the dentist will recommend a bone graft or a different treatment. You also need to have healthy teeth and gums free of decay and infection.
The dentist will make an incision on the gums to drill the implants in place and then stitch the gums to allow them to heal. It can take a few months for the gums to heal and bone to fuse to the implant. The osseointegration process is important to the success of the implant procedure. The abutment is fixed once the gums heal and later the dental crowns are fixed.
The procedure of fixing the bridges is non-invasive, but you will require enamel reshaping to have them fixed. The dentist will numb the gums and trim the teeth depending on the thickness of the bridges. This is an irreversible procedure and it is important to speak to the dentist first before you settle on getting the bridges.
After enamel reshaping, the dentist will take a mold of the teeth to create the bridges. As you wait, the reshaped teeth are covered with temporary bridges to protect against sensitivity. The second dental visit involves cementing the permanent bridges with a special block of cement.
Dental dentures can either be partial or complete depending on the number of teeth you need replacing. The process of getting the dentures requires several months and it starts with taking a mold to create the dentures.
Dental implants are more expensive compared to bridges and dentures. Also, they are not covered by insurance unless they are part of your restorative dental procedure. It is essential to talk to the dentist first before choosing any of these restorations.
Dental implants are a better solution because they help to prevent bone loss. Because of the osseointegration process, the bone and the implant fuse to offer support. If you have healthy teeth, free of decay, and sufficient bone support, then dental implants are an ideal option.
The dentist can however recommend dental bridges and dentures if you lack the required bone density and do not want to go through the bone graft procedure. Also, if you do not want the inconvenience of the dental implant procedure.
Dental implants, dentures, and bridges are great restoration procedures. However, they are fixed differently and they benefit different people. Visit Greenway Dental Center for Esthetic and Implant Dentistry for an assessment on which procedure is suitable for you.