Dental Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or restore an entire smile and provide a more permanent solution. Dental implants are an excellent option for people who may be congenitally missing teeth, or have lost teeth due to trauma or gum disease.
Partial Dentures allow people who have lost some of their teeth the ability to eat, speak and smile. A partial denture replaces a section of natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Without the support of teeth, facial muscles can begin to sag. A partial denture replaces missing teeth so the remaining teeth don’t shift, and function is restored to the area.
A fixed bridge is a permanently cemented restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been removed or are missing. A bridge helps maintain the shape of the face, as well as alleviate the stress in your bite by replacing the missing teeth.
Are you considering a Fixed Bridge versus a Dental Implant?
Dental implants can be used to replace a section or full arch of missing teeth, using an improved version of a full or partial denture. A specific number of dental implants are placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal (osseointegrate) to the surrounding bone. While this is occurring, impressions and other measurements are taken to design and create a prosthesis (denture). Once the implants are fully healed, the prosthesis is attached to the dental implants with male/female connections, similar to snaps, which gives support to the denture which is far more superior than denture adhesives. “Snapping” the denture into place creates an enhanced level of confidence that a denture will <em>never </em>slip out of place. Additionally, the implants locations stimulate bone in the area to keep the arch plump, supporting the lips and keeping a full, natural appearance.
The benefit of this type of prosthesis is that the patient has control, and is able to remove the prosthesis on their own at home. The “snaps” occasionally need replacement as they wear, which is a quick and straight forward adjustment the doctor makes in-office.
Dental implants are quite versatile in their use. Two dental implants can be placed to span a distance of missing teeth, similar to a conventional bridge. Dental implants are placed into the jaw bone and allowed to heal, locking them into place with the surrounding bone. One this occurs, impressions are taken in order for the Dentist and dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. the bridge which will be connected to the implants with post-like adapters called implant abutments. The bridge can be secured in place with either dental cement and with small screws. Implant-supported bridges do need to be cleaned like a convention bridge, with toothbrush and floss, to sustain long-term health.
Dental Veneers are thin “porcelain jackets” that are used to recreate the look of natural teeth. Veneers are strong, resilient and comparable to tooth enamel.
Veneers are best suited to close gaps between teeth, correct minor bite-related problems, fix chipped or fractured teeth or for discolored teeth that have not responded to whitening procedures. Other benefits of veneers are that less than 1 mm of natural tooth structure is removed, and veneers will not pick up stain – so you can enjoy all the coffee and red wine you desire.
However, veneers can chip under excessive force, so avoid using teeth to open things, nail biting and other parafunctional habits like grinding and clenching on the jaws. Often a Bite Guard or Splint is used after veneers are made to protect the teeth. Veneers do require maintenance by brushing and flossing daily, and avoiding abrasive toothpastes. It is important to visit your Dentist and Hygienist regularly to evaluate and protect your smile.
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