Removable vs. Implant-supported Dentures
By Stephen Rogers on November 14, 2012
Missing teeth can lead to a number of different aesthetic problems and dental health problems. Thankfully, there are many different options for addressing these issues at our Long Island cosmetic dentistry center. For major tooth loss, dentures are ideal. Sometimes patients are better helped by removable dentures while in other cases patients are better served by the use of dentures that are supported by dental implants. Let's look at both of these treatment options and look at the various advantages of each.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
We mentioned aesthetic problems and dental health problems that people may face from missing teeth, so let's look at these matters right now.
In terms of dental aesthetics, people often feel self-conscious about smiling and laughing around people when they are missing multiple teeth. In terms of dental health, having multiple missing teeth can make it difficult to chew certain foods. It can also result in gum recession, loss of bone density, and misalignment of the remaining teeth. We will take both of these issues into account at our Long Island cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice as we determine your best option for treatment.
Dentures are a common restorative dentistry option for people missing many teeth. These artificial sets of teeth are held in place by bracing around a patient's remaining bone structure and gum structure. The hold can be enhanced by the use of denture creams.
Best Candidate for Dentures
The best candidates for dentures are people who are missing many teeth in a row. These patients will not be able to use dental bridges, which rely on remaining adjacent teeth in order to be secured in place.
About Dental Implants
Long Island dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to hold dental appliances in place. This means that dental implants can be used to secure dentures, dental bridges, or individual dental crowns. The dental implants are placed through oral surgery and are anchored into the patient's jaw bone structure and soft tissues.
Best Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for dental implants are people who have sufficient bone structure and gum tissue to support the artificial tooth root. Patients need to be in good health since surgery is involved. For people who lack sufficient bone or gum tissue, grafting surgeries can be performed to build up these structures. That said, these bone grafting and gum grafting surgeries will add to the treatment time for the implant dentistry process.
Which option will be best for me?
The best option for you and your needs will depend on a number of factors, including your overall dental health. We will carefully assess your needs during the consultation process and help you make the best possible decision about your dental care options.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments
For more information about treatments for missing teeth, be sure to contact our Massapequa cosmetic and general dentistry office today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing all of your dental care options in much greater detail. We will make sure you have all of the information that you need to make the best decisions possible.
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