There are many tooth replacement treatments available in the dental field, but some patients may assume that they are all the same with similar properties. Not so! While dentures have long been the go-to choice for replacing lost teeth, there are also dental bridges and dental implants that can replace teeth as well. Read along as we break down the major differences between the three and discover which one is for you.
Full or partial dentures are devices that are clipped over teeth, whether through metal or through acrylic. Dentures are very easy to manage, and are removable at night for cleaning and removing any food particles that get stuck. Full dentures replace a full arch of teeth, but partial dentures only cover up spots with missing teeth.
Dentures are best for patients who don’t want a permanent restoration, but rather one that they can remove on their own accord. Patients should be aware, however, that full dentures may not have the same bite pressure as a natural set of teeth. Patients may have to prepare their food differently in order to compensate.
Dental bridges are three or more crowns that are fused together with no spaces in between. The middle crown(s) effectively cover up the gaps in your smile, while the adjacent crowns are clipped over existing teeth to hold it in place. Dental bridges don’t rely on any metal or acrylic structures to hold it in place, and instead are secured by the teeth on either side of the tooth gap.
Dental bridges are another option for patients who have lost a few teeth, but may not be best for patients who have lost a full arch of teeth. Bridges also require that the anchoring teeth be filed down to fit the crown (unfortunately, this filing is irreversible). However, dental bridges are a great advantage for those who need a tooth replaced quickly.
Dental implants are individual teeth replacements that are constructed from titanium and porcelain. They are placed piecemeal into the jawbone, and are secured to the bone via a fusion process known as osseointegration. Dental implants are known to be more reliable than dentures or dental bridges, thanks to being permanently secured in the mouth.
Almost anyone can qualify for dental implants. Since they are traditionally individually placed, dental implants only require a foundation of bone and healthy gum tissue to remain secure. They are best for patients who have lost one or more teeth; however, patients missing a full arch of teeth may want to pursue implant-supported dentures, if they desire that same support with full coverage.
There are a variety of available tooth replacement treatments for patients to choose from, but we can help you understand which one is best for you. Consult with Dr. Forlano, where you’ll have an oral examination, a discussion of your treatment options, and ultimately come to a decision about your choice in treatment.
Dr. David Forlano
375 East Main Street
East Islip, NY
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