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Bridge, dentures, or dental implant?

Older woman smiles with her new dental implantDid you know that more than half of all adults have at least one missing tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures? In the United States this number is nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years (according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons). You do not need to go through life with missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, the best option may be a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

In a dental implant, one or more replacement teeth are implanted surgically into the jawbone. After your dental implant is firmly anchored in your jawbone, you will be able to chew normally.

Dental implants can replace just one or two missing teeth, but they can also be a good alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth.

What are dentures?

Dentures are false teeth. In recent year, the quality of dentures has improved but they are not a first choice in many cases.

  • Dentures can slip while eating or speaking, which can be very embarrassing.
  • With dentures, you may find that your ability to speak normally is impaired. You may be embarrassed by clicking or sucking noises.
  • Denture wearers sometimes experience reductions in their ability to taste and problems chewing.
  • Partial dentures can promote infection and decay in other teeth, especially if the dentures are not fitted properly.

Traditional dentures (not implant-supported dentures) rest directly on top of the gums. Without underling support, people with dentures lack the stimulation needed to keep their gums and jawbone strong and healthy. Denture wearers can suffer from bone loss, receding gums, and alterations to their face shape.

Who is a candidate for dental implants and who is a candidate for dentures?

Dentures may be the best choice if you have weak or unhealthy gums or jaw.

Dental implants may be the best choice if your gums and jaw are healthy.

Does it make sense to combine a bridge with a dental implant?

If you have a several missing teeth in a row, it may make sense to use dental implants as an anchored support for dentures or a dental bridge.

Implant supported bridges pay off tremendously in the long run. Thanks to the dental implants, your will have anchored chewing support and will prevent bone and gum loss. The result will be a more durable smile, better dental health, and reduced future dental costs.

Implant supported dental bridges provide a healthier longer-term, and lower cost, solution for tooth replacement. Instead of having to reshape the adjacent healthy teeth, as is the case in traditional dental bridges, in an implant supported dental bridge, one or more dental implants attach to the dental bridge.

Does it make sense to combine dentures with a dental implant?

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures are certainly an option. Implant supported dentures provide important advantages compared to traditional dentures. Implant supported dentures imitate the function of the tooth roots. This helps your mouth maintain gum and bone structure in your jawbone.  The dental implants help provide improved ability to chew, to talk more comfortably, and help make your dentures more stable. Implant supported dentures can provide important protection against periodontal disease.

With a full range of dental services, Dr. Eisenberg caters to patients of all ages and from all walks of life. Call us now at (718) 891-2929 or request an appointment on line.

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