If you have missing or severely damaged teeth, you may be considering dental implants or dentures. These are both viable options, along with partial dentures or dental bridges.
However, dental implants are a more permanent solution, an affixed solution, in other words. There are also patients who opt for a little of both.
How Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
The dental implant process starts with pulling teeth no longer salvageable through dentistry—broken, severely decayed, and not stable enough to support a crown or other—or preparing the gums for a dental implant. This may require bone grafting.
A dental implant is a small but strong titanium post surgically implanted in your jaw. This post affixes to your jawbone over time and becomes the host for an abutment and your new tooth.
In many cases, or in the event of multiple missing teeth, titanium posts can be strategically placed to hold a row of synthetic teeth or even an affixed denture.
How Dentures Take the Place of Missing Teeth
Like dental implants, dentures may require the extraction of damaged or nonviable teeth. With dentures, a cast of your mouth is used to make certain that the denture fits the unique contours.
At Oakwood Dental, we work closely with you and the dental lab to provide the best and most realistic looking dentures available.
When only a few teeth are missing, a partial denture can fill gaps.
As mentioned, dental implants can support a denture! This prevents slippage as your gums shrink over time.
Choosing the Best Solution
Before making a decision, it is best to make an appointment with your dentist to have a complete oral health assessment. And remember there are benefits to dental implants and dentures—everything from cost to performance.
If you’re considering dental implants or dentures, make an appointment with our Castle Rock, CO dental office today.