We have met many patients with all sorts of dental devices to help complete their smiles after multiple tooth loss. However, there are quite a few differences between these devices, most notably between dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Take a look with us as we compare these devices together and what may work best for your particular situation.
Dental Implants: Dental implants have a reputation for lasting many years, decades, or even a lifetime. They are permanently placed and cannot be removed, so you can rest assured that your implant will never fall out. However, this all depends on proper care and maintenance.
Bridges: Bridges have a typical lifespan of about five to ten years. However, unlike dental implants, they are placed over existing teeth as anchors, and these existing teeth are modified to fit.
Dentures: Dentures also have a typical lifespan of five to ten years, and can experience wear-and-tear over the years from the constant placement and removal.
Dental Implants: Implants are secured with titanium fixtures in the jawbone. Thanks to osseointegration, the bone fibers in the jaw wrap tightly around the fixture and keep it from moving. This effect is permanent, and cannot be removed.
Bridges: Bridges are somewhat stable, as they are secured to the teeth by anchoring on the adjacent teeth. However, the condition of your bridge will depend on the health of those anchor-teeth; if they deteriorate at all, the bridge may fail.
Dentures: Dentures can be secured with a dental adhesive paste, but they are also notorious for offering a considerably less powerful bite than other devices. Some patients may experience the denture slipping as they speak or eat, but only after years of use.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are topped with a durable crown that is fashioned to resemble your real tooth, from shape to shade. In addition, the titanium fixture is meant to feel like a natural tooth, putting less stress on your jawbone with a bulky dental device.
Bridges: Bridges can also appear natural, but keep in mind that the bridge of crowns are carved from a single block, so there is no space between the teeth. While this change is small, it might still be noticeable to a casual observer.
Dentures: Dentures are constructed from solid blocks, typically with artificial teeth and gums. What often gives it away is if a denture slips off while eating or speaking.
Now that you’ve discovered the options available to you, discover which one fits your smile best with Dr. Armin Abron in Washington, DC. Schedule your no-obligation consultation, where we will evaluate your oral health and explore your options, such as dental implants.
Dr. Amrin Abron
1712 I Street, NW
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