When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have options. Each of these has different advantages over other types of treatment.
How can you be sure which one is right for you?
When comparing dental implants to fixed dental bridges to removable dentures – the options may seem overwhelming.
Here’s what you need to know:
Dental implants last longer than any other type of tooth replacement option in restorative dentistry. In fact, when implants are well cared for they can last a lifetime. A dental implant can be used to support a single dental crown, dental bridge, or even in some cases a denture.
Although a dental implant requires a slightly larger initial investment, the restorative treatment is much more cost effective over time. This is due to the fact that the prosthetic implant root will most likely last forever. A dentist can restore implants so that they look, feel, and function as much like a natural tooth as possible.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures are removable prostheses that can replace several or all of your teeth at once. They are typically regarded as the most affordable tooth replacement option in restorative dentistry. Our Spruce Roots Family Dentistry team creates each denture of custom fitted acrylic with natural, aesthetic teeth.
Of course, dentures are much larger and “bulkier” than other types of tooth replacements. Although they are also initially more affordable, dentures require ongoing maintenance, repairs, and future replacements. As your mouth changes shape due to ongoing bone loss, the denture may lose the stability of its custom fit.
A dental bridge is one of the most traditional forms of tooth replacement, used when only one or two teeth are involved. The procedure uses false dental crowns that are bonded between functional crowns, to “bridge” the open space where a tooth is missing.
Dental bridges can also be supported by implants to replace up to 3 to 5 teeth at one time. All bridges are fixed permanently into the mouth, providing you with added stability over options like removable dentures or partials.
With regular maintenance, a dental bridge will usually last several years. However, just like a dental crown, bridges will eventually need to be replaced as they begin to wear or leak.
At Spruce Roots Family Dentistry, our Fairbanks dentists can assist you in finding the right tooth replacement option for you. Whatever your story is, our dental office can help. New patients are always welcome. Call us today to schedule a consultation!