Dental Implants vs Dentures
You can suffer tooth loss for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease. Teeth may also fall out as a result of facial trauma, tooth decay, or bruxism. Sometimes, teeth need to be extracted because they are severely damaged beyond repair. Whatever the reason for your tooth loss, missing teeth need to be replaced. There are a few ways in which this can be done. Traditionally, tooth loss has been addressed with dentures. Today, dental implants provide a unique alternative. If you have lost teeth, Ford Dental Group can help you to determine the best treatment for your needs.
Replacing Teeth with Traditional Dentures
Dentures have long been the treatment for replacing missing teeth, and have been used for centuries. The dentures we use today, however, are a major improvement over their ancestors, providing a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing result. The basic premise behind dentures is still the same though.
Dentures, which are made from impressions of your mouth, consisting of an acrylic base that is made to sit directly on your gums. The base holds acrylic resin replacement teeth. Dentures, which are a removable prosthesis, can be made to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, called a full denture, or sections of missing teeth called a partial denture. Partial dentures also have metal clasps, which anchor on to your natural teeth to provide additional support for your prosthetic teeth.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Dentures
Benefits of Dentures
Disadvantages of Dentures
Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. They were the result of an accidental discovery in the early 1950's. The first successful implants were placed in the 60s, and improvements have been made over the years to make them what they are today. Implants consist of small titanium posts, which are used to provide support for ceramic crowns. The posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw and turning them into strong, stable, immovable roots that anchor your teeth securely in place.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
Questions about Dental Implants vs. Dentures?
Tooth loss is a devastating event with severe consequences. Along with the impact, tooth loss has on the appearance of your smile, it can make eating and speaking more challenging. Your jawbone gradually begins to change shape as well, which can then throw off your bite and cause other issues.
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Dental Implants vs. Dentures
While there are pros and cons to each type of restoration, missing teeth need to be replaced. We can help you to weigh your options and make the best decision for you. Call Ford Dental Group today to schedule your consultation at 714-409-6161.