For the longest time, dental bridges and dentures have been the go-to treatments for missing teeth. However, this is beginning to change now that dental implants have taken the stage. Our Los Altos, CA patients love their dental implants because they come with many unique benefits and advantages that tend to overshadow other tooth restoration methods. We encourage you to read on below in order to learn more about how these three treatments compare and why so many people are choosing to go with dental implants for their restoration treatment.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges offer a quick solution to solving the problem of a missing tooth. Better yet, this treatment can be provided at a cost that can be afforded by most patients. Unfortunately, dental bridges don’t last very long, meaning you will have to pay to have them replaced in as little as seven years of use.
Dentures: Dentures are another relatively affordable treatment for missing teeth. This treatment is also very customizable, meaning you can change how much you are paying for your implant treatment by choosing cheaper materials. Unfortunately, dentures typically only last seven years or so before they will need to be completely replaced.
Dental Implants: While dental implants do cost more than both dental bridges and dentures, the quality you get with this treatment is much higher. Also, if your implants are well taken care of, you may never need to have them replaced. Generally, the many benefits that come with dental implants make them well worth their price.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are custom-made for each patient in order to properly match the look and feel of the patient’s natural teeth. However, in order to fit a dental bridge in your mouth, the teeth directly surrounding the missing tooth will need to be irreversibly filed down so that they can hold the bridge. If your bridge ever needs to be removed, your filed down teeth will be very noticeable.
Dentures: Unfortunately, dentures are not perfectly crafted to your mouth, which can make them appear bulky. Dentures also have a reputation for sliding out of place while the patient is eating or speaking, which can give their presence away while embarrassing the patient using them. For the most part, dentures are not able to provide a treatment that looks good.
Dental Implants: Because dental implants are permanently fused to your jawbone, they should never get loose or move out of place. The implant is also topped with a natural-looking porcelain crown, making it so that no one should ever be able to tell your implants apart from your natural teeth.
Dental Bridges: With dental bridges, your treatment is only expected to last for five to ten years before it will need to be replaced. The longevity of your bridges can also be affected by the health of the teeth supporting the bridge. Should these teeth become compromised, the bridge will no longer be usable.
Dentures: Much like dental bridges, dentures are also only expected to last five to ten years before they will need to be replaced. Part of the reason for this is the fact that dentures are removable, which can actually cause your dentures to experience extra wear and tear over their years of use.
Dental Implants: On average, you can expect your dental implants to last about ten to fifteen years before you will want to consider having them replaced. However, your dental implants actually have the potential to last you much longer than that. You will merely need to be sure to properly care for your implants.
Are you currently suffering from one or more missing teeth? Or are you simply tired of the quality of care you are receiving from your dental bridge or denture? If you fall into either of these categories, you may want to consider seeking treatment with dental implants. Want to know more? Then please contact our office and schedule a no-obligation dental implant consultation with Dr. Joseph Field, Dr. Bruce Hartley, or Dr. John McFarlane today. We look forward to working with you soon!
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