There are certain options to replace missing teeth. The most common replacement options are:
Dentures: Removable dentures are opted to be the right way of restoring function and appearance. But there are some issues with it like discomfort, slipping and shifting, creating a challenge for all your favorite foods with confidence.
Dental Bridges: Bridges are a good esthetic solution, that should be attached to adjacent teeth. For this, your natural teeth need to be altered to make room for the crowns that hold the bridge in place.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are rooted in your jawbone permanently. With the help of a single implant, you can restore a missing tooth, and with several implants, you can hold a denture securely in place.
Dental implants have certain benefits against other types of tooth replacement, that include:
Removable dentures can only restore 10% of your chewing ability, while dental implants can restore over 90%.
Dentures can cause certain issues with your taste and speech. On the other hand, dental implants can eliminate any problems related to speaking and also tasting your favorite foods.
You need to reline dentures every 3 to 5 years. But dental implants are actually maintenance-free with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Bridges will have to remove healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth. It is more like a three-tooth solution for a single-tooth issue. While a dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement that does not require support from nearby teeth.
Bridges might need replacement every 5 to 15 years. But dental implants are permanent, so they don’t require replacement, which proves it to be more cost-effective.
Dental implants stimulate the growth of healthy bone and tissue in your jaw and also preserve the integrity of the bone. But in the case of dentures and bridges, they are placed over the gums, so the jawbone might gradually deteriorate over time.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (801) 716-7006 to have a consultation with Dr. Reynolds, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.