Dental implants with Dr. Kim aren’t the only tooth replacement in town; for years, patients have also relied on dentures, bridges, and other implant-supported restorations to fill the gaps in their smiles. Here we’ll take a look at how dental implants compare to these once-popular methods, and what it means for patients like you with missing teeth.
Dentures are more suited for patients who have lost more than one tooth. They typically come in two versions, full or partial. Full dentures can replace a full arch of teeth, while partials can be shaped to fill the gaps of teeth in differing parts of the mouth. However, dentures are removable, often clipped or glued into place with a messy, daily adhesive. They also require daily cleaning or sitting in a cleaning solution overnight.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are more permanent. They can be quite useful for patients with one or more missing teeth, and who want a longer-lasting solution. Also, unlike dentures, the permanent placement allows patients to consume their favorite food without needing any special preparations.
Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are an ideal quick-fix solution for those who want to fill in that missing tooth spot right away. However, dental bridges are not placed in the jawbone, and require that the neighboring teeth be filed down in order to fit the bridge. This is permanent damage to the neighboring teeth that can’t be undone.
With dental implants, you won’t need to change the appearance of the surrounding teeth. While the dental implant takes a much longer time than a dental bridge, it’s permanently placed and doesn’t rely on the other teeth for support. It’s supported by the jawbone, so that it looks and feels natural.
Implant-supported bridges and dentures are a whole other beast, as they offer the best of both worlds. However, these treatments are reserved for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth in an arch of their smile. They are essentially full bridges or dentures that are attached into place using four or more implant fixtures in the jaw. The patient will have the advantage of both implants and a complete set of teeth.
Individual dental implants, on the other hand, are best suited for patients who only have one or more missing teeth. Having too many implants in your mouth can also be troublesome for your jawbone. If you’re missing multiple teeth, find out more from Dr. Kim about which option is best for you.
You don’t need to make the decision yourself; let a dental implant provider like Dr. Sonny Kim help you make the best choice for your smile. Every patient’s smile is different, so every patient will have different needs for a tooth replacement. Contact us today to consult with Dr. Kim, and learn more about what treatment would fit your needs in Reston, VA.