Pristine Periodontics and Implants has many great options to help patients with missing teeth get back on track to healthy and functional smiles. However, the first step is to see Dr. Sayed for a consultation. This will allow us to take a look at your problem areas and figure out which tooth replacement options work best for you and your budget. Next, feel free to read through this comparison of the three most popular options for tooth replacement: dentures, bridges, and dental implants. The information contained below, including sample patient stories (patient names have been modified to protect patient privacy) will help you decide which replacement option works best for you.
Mark is a 38-year-old patient who chose a dental bridge to replace two missing front teeth. Once his procedure was initiated, his adjacent natural teeth were filed down to provide adequate space for the two replacement teeth. After this was done, the bridge was attached to his surrounding teeth. For this reason, natural teeth must be free of tooth decay and structurally sound to ensure proper stability of the bridge.
Mark did a lot of comparison shopping before he made his tooth replacement selection. He discovered that on average, bridges can be less expensive than options like dental implants, less invasive (no surgery is required), and quicker than other tooth replacement treatments. Bridges also present less risk to patients since parts can be replaced without surgery or pain.
One of the biggest downsides to a bridge is that it is not reversible. Once natural teeth are ground down for anchors to the bridge piece, they will never be normal again. Moreover, interfering with the structure of the tooth increases the risk of future decay and the need for root canal treatment. Special products and cleaners are often needed to clean beneath a bridge and keep the teeth around it free from plaque. Replacement or adjustment is usually necessary every 10 years.
Ramona is a 66-year-old patient with removable dentures. Ramona’s tooth replacement selection consists of a whole arch of replacement teeth anchored in a base of moldable plastic that matches her gum tissue. Ramona chose dentures because she lost five upper teeth to decay when she was younger. Removable dentures can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth like Ramona.
Dentures are a great option that is reasonably priced and relatively easy to get. Most patients can get a custom set made in just a few weeks, which allows for quick restoration of function without surgery or altering surrounding teeth.
Although Ramona enjoys the convenience of her dentures, she admits that they can sometimes be uncomfortable. They also look less natural than other options. Secondly, dentures do not halt the process of deterioration that can occur in the jawbone when teeth are missing for long periods of time. This can ultimately result in a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. Additionally, Ramona also admits that she sometimes has difficulty speaking clearly and enjoying some of her favorite foods (like corn on the cob and whole apples). And finally, denture replacement is usually necessary every ten to fifteen years.
Amy is a 51-year-old patient with two missing upper teeth after an accident. After doing some research, she discovered that dental implants may best for her tooth replacement needs. The option she chose was based upon a foundation of titanium tooth roots that were connected directly to the jawbone. Once healed, the post pieces fuse with the jawbone to make for a strong and permanent anchor for a natural-looking replacement tooth.
Amy loves her dental implants because they are permanent, they look natural, and they function just like real teeth. Additionally, this wonderful tooth replacement treatment is the only one that can reduce or eliminate jawbone deterioration, so Amy’s jaw muscles can stay strong, supple, and functional. She also loves that dental implants need no extra care and can be maintained with daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams.
Although there are few, one of the drawbacks for dental implants is that they are not usually covered by dental insurance. The process can also be drawn out compared to the ease of other options that are done in just weeks. Dental implants require multiple visits over the course of 3-6 months and supplementary procedures like bone grafts and tissue augmentation may be required for some patients. However, on the whole, Amy loves her treatment choice and insists that she only wishes she had gotten dental implants sooner.
With decades of experience, Pristine Periodontics and Implants is ready to serve our Birmingham, MI community by transforming less-than-perfect grins into healthy smiles. If you would like to know more about what dental implants can do for your smile or your payment options, please read through the rest of our helpful informational site or call us today for more details.
Dr. Abdullah Sayed
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