Dental Implants Vs. Dentures
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering what to do next. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center we specialize in dental implants, because of their many benefits over more traditional alternatives like dentures. Thanks to their benefits, dental implants have become the industry standard for tooth restorations. Your implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth!
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that we surgically embedded into the jawbone. Most implants are made from titanium, because of its unique ability to fuse with human bone. This process is known as osseointegration. After osseointegration is complete, the implant screw is usually attached to an abutment or support structure. In some cases, the abutment and implant screw can be placed at the same time.
The abutment is crucial because it links the implant screw to the restoration. These days, implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or full-arch restoration. The number of implants you receive depends on the type of restoration. Most implant-supported bridges require an implant for each missing tooth. However, it is also possible to suspend a pontic, or false tooth, between two implant posts. Full-arch restorations are a different story. Removable restorations, like implant-retained dentures, can rely on as little as two implants. A fixed solution, meaning one that is non-removable, can require anywhere from four to eight implants.
What Are Dentures?
As many people know, a denture is a removable set of replacement teeth. There are two major types of dentures: partial and complete. A partial denture uses metal clasps, or "precision attachments," that link up to the adjacent teeth surrounding the open space. Many partials also rely on a retainer-like attachment to stay in place. These are sometimes referred to as flippers.
A complete denture consists of a pink, or flesh-colored acrylic base that supports a series of prosthetic teeth. The base rests on the gum tissue, and typically requires some form of adhesive to stay in place. Even with adhesives, many patients are still vulnerable to embarrassing slips when they speak, chew, or laugh.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have some benefits over traditional dentures, some of which include:
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If you are in need of a tooth replacement, we strongly recommend dental implants. Call (972) 591-7520 to schedule your appointment now!