Dental Implants vs. Dentures & Dental Bridges
At New Smile Dental Group, we offer the latest dental implant technology and techniques to ensure that you get the best care and treatment possible. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of dental care available in a friendly and relaxing environment.
With dental implants, you can eat, smile, laugh, talk, kiss, and enjoy all of your daily activities without any hesitation as if you had natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone to support a false tooth, dental bridge, or dental crown. Dental implants can be used to restore single or multiple missing teeth, correct a crooked smile, or improve your speech.
Before having dental implants placed, you may have to have a CT scan or an x-ray of your jawbone to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Implants last a lifetime and can be cleaned just like natural teeth. Implants can also be used to anchor other dental devices such as a hearing aid or a mouth guard.
Implants vs. Dentures & Bridges
Dentures and bridges are becoming less popular as dental implants become more popular. Compare the options and see why:
Tooth-supported fixed bridge
An artificial tooth bridge can be attached to one missing tooth using teeth on either side of the gap as anchors. To do so, healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are ground away, damaging them.
Patients have difficulty flossing bridges, which makes the root surfaces beneath and around them highly susceptible to decay, so bone deterioration is common after 5-10 years. Because tooth-supported bridges do not stimulate bone growth, they are less likely to be effective in the long run.
Removable partial dentures.
These restorations are less secure and comfortable than dental implants, and they can also affect speech and eating. However, they are less costly and don’t look as natural or function as well as implant-supported crowns. A bone beneath a removable partial denture can deteriorate over time, altering your appearance and smile.
An alternative to lost front teeth, this bridge is often used to connect healthy back teeth to others that cannot withstand chewing and biting forces. Typically, no other teeth are ground down or prepared as part of the procedure. Resin-bonded bridges look and function better than removable dentures, but they don’t last as long or function as well as dental implants.
Removable complete denture
The denture is positioned over the tissues where the teeth were removed, and this may cause discomfort, interfere with your ability to taste food properly, cause irritated gums, and make noises and jolts as you speak, eat, smile, yawn, or cough.
The initial costs are low, but they last only 7 to 15 years, and the long-term replacement costs can be significant.
A complete denture can cause the bone beneath it to deteriorate over time, resulting in a permanent alteration in your smile and face. This can be a time-consuming hassle when they need to be removed for cleaning.