When patients lose teeth, replacing them is important to maintaining a healthy mouth. Without teeth, it is difficult to eat and speak, and lost teeth can lead to bone atrophy in the jaw. The most common methods for replacing missing teeth involve the use of custom-fitted traditional dentures or the placement of dental implants.
Each type of these tooth replacement methods offers different benefits depending on the needs and oral health of the patient. Your oral surgeon can help you determine whether dental implants or dentures are right for you. While the cost of dental implants is initially higher than dentures, dental implants last for decades and do not require relines and adjustments.
For hundreds of years, dentures have been used to replace missing teeth. While these prosthetics are widely available, they have limitations. The shape of the mouth supports dentures, and these prosthetics rest on top of the gums. Because of this, dentures can move in the mouth—especially over time when the mouth begins to change shape as a result of tooth loss. Denture movement can make eating and speaking difficult, however, edentulous patients with bone atrophy benefit from these prosthetics because they often lack the bone density required to support dental implants. Dentures are also removable for cleaning.
While dentures rest on top of the gums and replace the visible portion of a tooth, dental implants replace both the crown and a tooth’s roots. Surgically embedded into the jawbone, a dental implant permanently anchors a single crown or a series of prosthetic teeth in the mouth. Because the bone fuses around the implant over time, these replacement teeth are very durable and provide a firm biting surface when eating food. While the cost of dental implants is higher than dentures, their lifespan is considerably longer and with proper care, can last for the rest of your life.
To determine which tooth replacement method is best for your needs, contact EverSmile at 214-234-9143 to reserve a consultation with our experienced team oral surgeons.