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Decide Between Dentures, Implants, and Bridges?

 Missing a tooth can be one of the worst things that can happen to someone. The reason doesn’t matter: an accident, decay, or another health problem. 

After missing a tooth, the appearance of your smile is compromised.  You also face problems with eating and speaking.

Fortunately, there are various options available out there to restore your tooth. But what’s the difference and which one is better?

Dentures: A Traditional Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

Getting to Know Dentures

The biggest thing about dentures is that you can remove them.

They come in two main types. The use of each type depends on whether you’ve lost some or all of your teeth. 

Full dentures replace all of the teeth either in your upper or lower jaw or both.

On the other hand, partial dentures replace one or more teeth.

When Do You Need Dentures?

  • If you’ve lost several or all of your teeth, you can count on dentures as an affordable option.
  • Dentures are a good choice for people who might not be able to get dental implants because they have some sort of health problem or their jawbone density is not enough to support implants.

How Are Dentures Made and Placed?

1.    Your dentist makes impressions of your gums and any remaining teeth. These impressions will be used to make dentures that can accurately fit over your gums.

 

2.    As soon as your dentures are ready, your dentist makes some adjustments to make sure they fit well and work properly. It might take more than one visit to get everything right and make sure the dentures look and feel good.

How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?

The process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. This is because there might be some changes needed at every step, so this schedule gives time to ensure that everything fits perfectly.

Dental Implants: A Long-Term Investment for a Natural Smile

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is basically an artificial tooth root made of titanium. The dentist carefully places this post inside your jawbone during a surgical operation and leaves it to get fused with your bone. After a few months, you can receive the upper part of the implant which is a crown that comes on top of the post.

The implant post is strongly held in place, and it provides reliable support for the crown. This is why implants are so strong and popular.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

If you want a long-term way to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants will work well for you.
Implants are especially helpful for those who want to keep their jawbone healthy. That is because implants stimulate the bone and stop it from shrinking as it usually happens after losing teeth.
However, some things about your oral features should be checked before you decide that your dentist decides that you are the right candidate for implants. We’ll talk about this later in the article.

Is Getting Dental Implants a Complicated Process?

Continue reading to find out about the process by which implants are placed:
The dentist checks your jawbone’s health with a full oral examination and imaging tests (like X-rays or CT scans).
The implant is carefully put into the bone.
The healing stage takes about three months. During this time, the bone fuses with the implant. This is called osseointegration.
After the wound has closed, an abutment is put on the implant and a custom crown is made and put on top of it.

How Long Should I Wait Before I Can Eat with My Implants?

From the first appointment to the final placement of the crown, the whole process can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months. This is because, besides the osseointegration period, some people may need additional procedures like bone grafting if they don’t have enough bone density.

Bridges: Understanding Dental Bridgework

Get Familiar with Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is made up of a prosthetic tooth, called a pontic. It is attached to natural teeth or dental implants next to it so it can fill the space between. Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the space where one or more teeth used to be.

They have different types such as traditional bridges, Cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges and implant-supported bridges, distinguished by the number and type of supporting structures and different methods by which they are placed.

 

A Dental Bridge Is a Good Choice for You if:

  • You have one or more missing teeth in a row.
  •  You don’t have enough jawbone density for implants.
  • You want a non-surgical option.
  • You have healthy neighboring teeth.
  • You want a quicker and cheaper solution compared to implants.

What Should You Expect When Getting a Dental Bridge?

The abutment teeth, which are the teeth next to the gap, need to be prepared before the dental bridge can be put in place. The crowns that will hold up the bridge are put on these teeth, which have been trimmed. Then, moulds of the teeth are made so that a unique bridge can be made. Once it’s ready, the bridge is put in place, adjusted for comfort and ease of use, and then forever fixed in place.

Is Getting Bridges Quick?

Getting a dental bridge usually takes a few weeks and two to three trips to the dentist.
On the first visit, your dentist prepares the abutment teeth and makes tooth impressions.
Subsequent visits are for fitting and adjusting the bridge.

Choosing the Right Option: Factors to Consider When Replacing Missing Teeth

Now that we’re familiar with each of these tooth replacement options let’s think about choosing between them. Soon, you will have a new smile!

But what factors do you need to consider when making this decision?

  •         Your general and oral health
  •         Your bone density
  •         Appearance
  •         Natural feeling
  •         The number of missing teeth
  •         Your budget
  •         Convenience

 

Speaking of budget, dentures are usually the least expensive choice. However, you should remember that dentures might need replacement and adjustment every 5 to 10 years. This is because the jawbone changes over time.

Implants are the most expensive, but they are very durable, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime, so they seem to be a good investment.

Bridges fall in the mid-range and usually need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years. Bridges need healthy teeth adjacent to them and rely on them to be held in place. These teeth must be healthy and strong enough to support the bridge.

When it comes to functions, dentures can work for people who have lost several or all their teeth. And because dentures don’t need surgery, they are a good choice for those with health problems.

Considering the appearance, dental implants look and feel the most like real teeth. But you need to have enough bone density to be able to get them. If there’s not enough bone density, your dentist may suggest procedures like bone grafting, which is adding extra bone to your jaw.

The process of getting implants is longer and involves surgery. However, it is stronger and works the most like natural teeth once the process is done. Plus, they are easier to take care of compared to dentures and bridges.

Bottom Line

Replacing missing teeth is not something to be postponed, and it goes a long way toward keeping your mouth healthy, your smile beautiful, and your confidence high.

The three options, dentures, tooth implants, and bridges offer their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and you should decide based on your health condition and preferences.

However, before making your decision, it is absolutely necessary to talk to an expert.

If you are considering one of these options to replace a missing tooth, do not hesitate to contact us. At Downtown Toronto Dentistry, our goal is to provide the most detailed guidance and highest-quality treatments so that you can receive the dental care you deserve and smile with confidence.