Surgical vs. Non-surgical Replacement Teeth Options
By Stephen Rogers on August 12, 2016
Whether you've lived with tooth loss for years or only recently experienced dental damage, treatment for missing teeth can enhance your smile and restore dental function. There are a variety of restorative dentistry treatments available to replace missing teeth, treat dental damage, and restore oral health. To find out if surgical vs. non-surgical tooth replacement is right for you, schedule a consultation with our Long Island, NY team at Greater Long Island Dental.
Surgical Treatments for Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implant treatment is a surgical option that can permanently replace missing teeth. Dental implants are small, screw-like posts that are surgically placed within the jaw. The jawbone then heals around the implant, creating a permanent bond in a process called osseointegration. This bond allows the dental implant to closely mimic the natural tooth root. Dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they provide the most natural feel, look, and function in tooth replacement.
With dental implant treatment, one or more implants may be placed depending on the extent of tooth loss. Once the jaw heals sufficiently around the implant, or implants, different types of restorations can be paired the implants to restore a single tooth or a full set of teeth. These restorations include:
- Dental crowns: Dental crowns are suitable for replacing individual teeth.
- Implant-supported bridges: Implant-supported bridges attach to dental implants to replace two or more teeth with a single restoration.
- Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures can replace a full set of teeth using just a few dental implants. Implant-supported dentures firmly anchor within the mouth, eliminating the need for messy adhesives while providing a secure fit and improved dental function.
Candidates for Surgical Treatments
Because dental implant treatment requires oral surgery, not all patients are suitable candidates. Those who wish to undergo dental implant treatment for tooth loss should be healthy enough to undergo minor oral surgery and should have relatively healthy gums and teeth. Candidates should be non-smokers, or committed to giving up smoking before surgery and during recovery, which can take six months.
Non-surgical Treatments for Replacing Missing Teeth
There are non-surgical options for replacing missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges may be used to replace one or two missing teeth and traditional removable dentures may be used to replace a full arch of teeth.
- Traditional dental bridges: Traditional dental bridges are made of two dental crowns linked by one or more artificial teeth. The crowns are attached to the teeth nearest the missing tooth, or teeth, to restore dental function.
- Traditional removable dentures: Traditional removable dentures can be used to replace a full set of teeth or a single arch. Traditional removable dentures require adhesives to stay in place and are easily removed for cleaning.
Candidates for Non-surgical Treatments
Non-surgical treatments are generally suitable for anyone who is missing one or more teeth, especially those who are unable to undergo surgery. Other people who make good candidates for non-surgical replacement of missing teeth are those who are healthy enough for surgery but would prefer non-surgical treatment.
Discover Your Treatment Options
Replacing missing teeth can help restore your dental function and confidence. To learn more about your treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at Greater Long Island Dental today.
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