Long gone are the days when removable dentures or shaving adjacent teeth were the only options for replacing missing teeth. Now tooth replacements include: dental implants for single teeth, multiple consecutive teeth or for full arch replacement.
The various options can sometimes be overwhelming to patients. One’s lifestyle, the replacement’s longevity and cost are all key factors in determining the best course of action. Other crucial aspects include the number of missing teeth and the amount of jaw bone that has been lost or damaged. If you’re in need of a tooth or multiple teeth replacement, the below options are the optimal solutions.
Dental Implants Anchoring Non-Removable Teeth: Patients who are seeking long-lasting solutions almost always depend on dental implants. The titanium screws, which are anchored into the jawbone, are the most durable of all available tooth replacement choices and provide the foundation necessary for the tooth replacement to be permanently positioned. Depending on the patient’s needs, there are several types of implant placement strategies available, including single, multi-tooth and full arch replacement options.
Dental Implants Anchoring Removable Teeth: Removable teeth, commonly known as full (non-implant) dentures, are one of the first dental techniques used to replace an entire set of missing teeth. The plastic prosthetic teeth simply lay atop the gingival (gum) tissue and may rely on glue for support. Many patients gravitate toward relying on dental implants to help hold the dentures in the mouth. The benefit of using implants with dentures can be improved retention, no longer needing denture adhesive, and having a lighter, better fitting set of teeth. Even though the implants are permanent anchors to stabilize and support the denture, the denture can be removed and cleaned daily.
As with all major decisions, it is important to do extensive research before choosing the type of tooth replacement that’s best for you. Visit South Jersey Periodontics & Dental Implants where Dr. Kubikian, who is formally trained in dental implant placement, can assess your individual situation and advise you on the best course of treatment.