Benefits, Problems of Dental Bridge, Partial Denture or Full Denture
There are some significant benefits in choosing dental implant treatment, and it is widely recognized as the gold standard for missing teeth. Dental implants have been used for several decades and have been extensively studied and reviewed for safety and longevity. They can preserve and protect natural teeth and your jawbone in ways that aren’t possible with alternative treatments such as dental bridges and partial and full dentures.
Problems with Choosing a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are a popular solution for replacing one or more adjacent missing teeth, but the teeth adjacent to the gap must be crowned to support the replacement teeth, called pontics.
The pontics are attached to the crowns to create a strong restoration. While this sounds good, these adjacent teeth must be substantially ground or shaved to create enough room for the dental crowns, as otherwise, the crowns would look and feel bulky and unnatural.
Dental crowns are ideal when teeth are decayed or substantially damaged and are missing some of their natural structure, but they are not an ideal solution when teeth are healthy and strong and don’t require the protection of a crown.
Reshaping a healthy tooth and crowning it as part of a bridge restoration increases the risk of infection and decay developing underneath the crown as the bridge begins to age. Additionally, these adjacent teeth come under more pressure as they support replacement teeth. Eventually, this extra pressure could cause the supporting teeth to fail.
Problems with Choosing a Partial Denture
A partial denture is one possible option when you are missing several teeth and especially when they are in different areas of the mouth and cannot be restored with a bridge. Partial dentures consist of a removable denture plate strengthened with metal and which supports the replacement teeth.
The partial denture isn’t particularly stable on its own and is secured with clasps fitting around existing teeth or by special attachments that clip onto dental crowns.
Sometimes these supporting teeth are reshaped slightly to ensure the clasps fit more snugly or are crowned so they can be fitted with special attachments. Although cost-effective, partial dentures are far from ideal as the supporting teeth can come under additional pressure that could eventually cause them to fail, and a partial denture isn’t especially secure and lacks the biting strength of natural teeth.
Problems with Choosing a Full Denture
A full denture can create far more substantial problems compared with a bridge or partial denture. It is particularly problematic because of the way the jawbone changes shape after tooth loss and when bone resorbs. Bone resorption significantly affects denture retention so that dentures fit less securely and begin to rub uncomfortably on the gums. The pressure created can accelerate bone resorption, worsening the problem.
As the dentures move around, they can click embarrassingly during talking, and make it tricky to eat comfortably. Jawbone loss negatively affects appearance, changing, and reducing the height between the upper and lower jaw, diminishing facial dimensions. Consequently, cheeks and lips can collapse inward, creating unwanted lines and wrinkles, which is prematurely aging.
The Beneficial Effects of Choosing Dental Implants
Choosing dental implants eliminates many of the problems caused by dental bridges and partial and full dentures. It is a solution that helps to protect your dental health, and which can potentially improve overall health.
Protecting Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants are self-supporting, preventing your natural teeth from shifting and becoming less stable, and protecting your bite. When you have a dental implant, there is no need for your dentist to reshape perfectly healthy teeth or to adapt them in any way. Also, dental implants share the stresses created when you bite and chew food, eliminating the risk that your natural teeth will wear unnecessarily or chip or fracture.
Protecting Your Jawbone
Because a dental implant replicates a natural tooth root, it helps to protect and preserve your jawbone and is the only treatment that can do this. Dental implants closely replicate the stimulation provided by real tooth roots and make sure your body renews old bone cells as they die off. Protecting and preserving your jawbone prevents loss of vertical height in your jaw, and ensures facial muscles have the proper support. People missing all their natural teeth frequently find their appearance is refreshed and rejuvenated when they receive dental implants.
Dental Implants Are Strong, Durable and Won’t Decay
Wearing dentures and partial dentures make it tricky to bite and chew food comfortably, and consequently, many people will adjust their diet, choosing foods that are softer and that require little, if any chewing. The problem with this solution is that softer foods are often bland and boring and can be lacking in vital nutrients.
When you are interested in food or when it doesn’t contain all the vitamins and minerals needed, your overall health can suffer as without proper nutrition it’s harder to fight infection and disease.
Dental implants restore your biting strength so you can eat a far greater range of more interesting foods that contain lots of nutrients.
People restoring upper dentures with dental implants will food much tastier, as the upper palate, which contains lots of taste buds is no longer covered. Because dental implants are made from artificial materials, they can never decay. Finally, people with loose and infected teeth can often be in quite a bit of pain and will feel much more comfortable with implant teeth.
Dental implants can reliably replace loose teeth and are fabricated using the most modern and natural-looking materials, restoring appearance. You may be unaware that friends, colleagues, or even family have dental implants because they look so real.