Dental implants are the ideal smile restoration for people who are missing one or more of their teeth. In order to appreciate the benefits of dental implants, it’s helpful to learn as much as you can about the pros and cons of alternative smile restoration. That way, you’ll be fully prepared to make an informed decision.
A dental bridge is a connected series of crowns that fill a gap for one or more missing teeth. To hold them in place, dental bridges are cemented to the natural teeth at each end of the gap. The two anchor teeth that hold the dental bridge in place need to be filed down to accommodate the bridge.
Chewing with a dental bridge puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the two anchor teeth. Over time, the anchor teeth can become aggravated and subject to gum disease or tooth decay. This can cause the anchor teeth which hold the bridge in place to loosen and fall out.
Unlike dental implants, bridges do nothing to counteract jawbone depletion. Also, it can be difficult to clean the region beneath dental bridges. This often results in increased incidents of tooth decay around the anchoring teeth.
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums provided by your dentist to replace lost or removed teeth. They sit on top of your natural gum tissue. Dentures are custom-designed to fit securely in your mouth, they often require adhesives to remain in place. Dentures can be removed for regular cleaning.
Dentures are a common remedy for missing teeth. They’re a cost-effective way to restore your smile. But dentures have a lot of shortcomings, especially when you compare them to dental implants — just a few of their disadvantages include making eating painful, causing embarrassment by sliding around, and making it difficult for you to speak clearly.
Dental implants are the only smile restoration that works to protect your jawbone from disintegration (resorption). Dental implants also help to fight gum disease and preserve the health of your smile.
With so many advantages, dental implants are an outstanding way to rejuvenate your smile:
Dr. Wirth is dedicated to helping you discover the best restoration for your unique situation. For example, it could be possible to secure your existing restoration, such as a denture or a dental bridge, with dental implants. Contact our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with our Oak Harbor dentist to learn more.
Dr. Douglas Wirth
Dr. Derek Wirth
275 SE Cabot Dr. #B201
Oak Harbor, WA
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