Tooth replacement options from your Dolton dentist: The difference between dentures, implants, and bridges
If you have lost a tooth, or several of them, you are probably in a hurry to do something about it. If not, maybe you should be. Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your appearance, food choices, ability to speak clearly, and oral health.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are several options available, each with unique benefits:
- Traditional dentures may be the fastest solution with the lowest upfront costs. Several teeth can be replaced with a partial denture, or the entire arch of teeth can be replaced with a full denture. One of the best – and worst – features of traditional dentures is the fact that they are removable. This makes hygiene simple, and it leaves you the option of changing your mind later, because the appliance is not permanently attached. However, dentures, especially full lower plates, may be difficult to stabilize.
- A crown and bridge unit is another economical restoration, and it can be completed in less than a month. If you are missing a single tooth, this is probably a viable option. If more than one tooth is missing, it will depend on the number and location. A bridge is attached to the adjacent teeth, making it very stable. However, some patients find it difficult to clean under the false tooth.
- Dental implants have the highest initial price tag, but they also have the longest list of benefits. They are more stable, functional, and comfortable than the alternatives, and they require no more care than natural teeth. Implants can also last a lifetime, which usually makes them the least expensive option long-term, after you calculate the cost of replacing bridges or relining dentures occasionally.
Of course, you may not be a candidate for all of these. First, Dr. Dietrich will perform an examination, and discuss the possible solutions. Implants are usually the most desirable solution, and they can be used to support full dentures for individuals who are missing a full arch of teeth. However, Dr. Dietrich knows that we all have our own preferences, priorities, and budget considerations, so he offers a full range of options.
You can reach Pleasant Dental® at (708) 576-1900 to schedule a consultation.
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