Implants vs Dentures
Everyone worries about how they look when they go out in public. We choose the right clothes, the right hairstyle and the appropriate accessories. We all want to make a great first impression and part of that is the way our smile looks. Our teeth and smile tell the people around us a lot about ourselves in just a few seconds. With a full, bright smile, we feel confident but with significant tooth loss, that confidence can be shaken. We can see the judgment in other people’s eyes as they look at our missing teeth.
Without the supportive structure of teeth to keep lips and cheeks in their proper place, they can begin to sag inward greatly changing the patient’s appearance. Whether suffering from extensive tooth loss brought on by periodontal disease, bad oral hygiene or after suffering a terrible trauma, there are options for replacing your missing teeth. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates we offer tooth restoration options including dentures and dental implants.
Modern dentures look and function nearly as well as natural teeth. Complete and partial dentures are available.
What Are Complete Dentures?
Complete dentures are designed to replace your entire smile. They include crowns and a soft overlay that covers your gums. They are great for patients that have lost all of their teeth or have damaged teeth that need replacing.
If you have suffered tooth decay and need your remaining teeth extracted, our professionals can help with that too. Whole-mouth restoration through the use of complete dentures can allow you to enjoy the foods you love. They will also make you more comfortable in social gatherings and give you an immediate confidence boost.
What Are Partial Dentures?
While some patients need whole-mouth tooth replacement, having decay in only a small area is common. That is where partial dentures come into play. One of the most common areas where patients suffer tooth damage is their front, prominent teeth. That is because these teeth are constantly being exposed to acidic beverages and plaque.
Partial dentures are designed to replace these teeth. As with complete dentures, they consist of crowns and a softer lower portion that fits comfortably over your gum line. Our professionals will color-match partial dentures with your existing teeth so that they blend in seamlessly.
Dental implants are another option for missing teeth. The procedure is considered to be the most effective tooth replacement treatment, although it is significantly more expensive than other treatments.
The benefit of dental implants over other treatments is that the treatment looks, feels, and acts like a natural tooth. As the implant is embedded into the jawbone it provides stability and security. Plus, with good oral hygiene measures, it is a long-lasting treatment that can last a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Every patient needs to be assessed in order to determine if they are a good candidate or not. Risk factors can make or break being a good candidate. One of those factors is the patient’s age. Some patients may ask why. As we age, our bone mass tends to decrease over time. It is simply a fact of life. Bone can deteriorate naturally. Due to the necessary bone mass needed for implants anyone over the age of 60 or who has had radiation treatment can likely have diminished bone mass. This is also the case for those in the late stages of periodontal disease and for those who use tobacco products.
It is important for patients to realize that while these are risk factors, and they are important to weight when considering dental implants, they do not automatically preclude them from being eligible. It simply means that in the course of the procedure these factors will have to be kept in mind.
Contact Us Today!
Dentures and dental implants are both great restoration options when it comes to missing teeth. Contact us today at 214-363-9946 to schedule an oral exam to see which choice would work best for you.