Dental Implants v. Dentures and Bridges
In the past, patients didn’t have many options when it came to replacing one or more missing teeth. Their options were either dental bridges or dentures. This is changing now that dental implants are rising in popularity. However, many patients have difficulty deciding which treatment they want to proceed with, as the differences between each are not often explicitly stated.
- Dental implants have been in use since the mid-1980s.
- Made from a bio-compatible titanium, dental implants are unlikely to be rejected by the body.
- Implants have a 95% success rate, and can last for decades with the proper care.
- Implants require no additional maintenance. They only require regular brushing and flossing, as well as standard cleaning visits at our dental office.
- Dental implants are currently the only treatment for missing teeth that prevents jawbone deterioration.
- Patients with dental implants are able to eat all of their favorite foods, smile naturally, and speak clearly.
- Implants fill the face, preventing a patient’s facial appearance from appearing sunken or prematurely aged.
- Filling empty spaces with missing teeth helps secure the patient’s oral health, preventing conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
- Generally, implants are the most expensive tooth replacement treatment available.
- Having dental implants placed requires oral surgery.
- Dental implants are usually not completely covered by dental insurance.
- Some patients require supplemental procedures before they can receive implants, as their jawbone or gums may be too deteriorated at first to accept the treatment.
- It takes longer to complete than other tooth restoration treatments.
- A dental bridge is a porcelain crown that is anchored to surrounding teeth by other crowns attached to it.
- Bridges have been in use for over five decades now.
- This treatment is a good option for patients with a jawbone that has been affected by deterioration.
- Dental bridges can be a great option for patients with loose adjacent teeth, as the bridge will strengthen these teeth while replacing the lost tooth.
- No surgery is required.
- Dental bridges tend to be one of the less expensive tooth restoration treatments.
- They can make eating, smiling, and speaking easier.
- Placing a bridge is quick, and takes much less time than dental implants.
- Cleaning a dental bridge can be challenging.
- Typically, bridges only last seven to ten years before they need to be replaced.
- Dental bridges may become discolored, making them look less natural.
- Surrounding teeth need to be filed down before they can be used as anchors, which is irreversible.
- Dentures are sets of porcelain crowns that are encased in a pink, gum-colored plastic. These appliances sit on top of your gums, replacing your missing teeth.
- This treatment comes in partial and full forms, allowing them to be customized for different treatments and patient needs.
- Allows patients who have lost teeth to speak properly once more.
- This treatment can fill a mouth of lost teeth, preventing alterations to the patient’s facial appearance and reducing premature wrinkling.
- No surgery is required for the denture process.
- Provides the cheapest method for restoring missing teeth.
- Dentures are not long-lasting, and usually need to be replaced after seven to ten years.
- This treatment needs to be removed every night and soaked in a cleaning solution, which can lengthen your nightly routine.
- Jawbone deterioration can continue to worsen despite replacing your missing teeth
- Dentures can require messy adhesives to stay in place.
- Patients may have problems chewing certain foods and speaking properly with dentures.
Explore Your Tooth Restoration Options in San Mateo
If you are residing in the San Mateo, CA area and are suffering from one or more missing teeth, then the above options may be able to help you. But which one might best suit your needs? If you would like to find out, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. T. Jeff Powers and Dr. Diana C. Powers today.