Tooth Replacement Options

Dentists and specialists take every possible measure to preserve a patient’s natural teeth. However, in the case of severe decay, trauma, or advanced gum disease, extraction of some or all teeth may be necessary.

Fortunately, dental prosthetics today provide a natural-looking way to replace teeth and improve a patient’s smile, oral health, and daily functioning.

Here’s what you need to know about full dentures, partial dentures, and dental implants as tooth replacement options.

What Are Full Dentures?

Full dentures are artificial teeth and gums that may be used to replace an entire mouth of missing or extracted teeth. They are removable, customized to each patient’s mouth, and usually made of resin.

What Are the Two Types of Full Dentures?

Conventional full dentures are placed once a patient has properly healed from the removal of any remaining teeth. This type of denture means that the individual will be without any teeth for a period of several months.

Comparatively, immediate full dentures are fitted directly after extractions, and patients never have to be without teeth.

However, they must be adjusted once the mouth has fully healed, as the bone supporting the dentures changes shape during recovery.

What Are Partial Dentures?

In contrast to full dentures, partial dentures are an option for tooth replacement when one or more teeth are missing. This prosthetic can be used between two healthy teeth and is removable.

What Are Dental Implants?

Unlike dentures, a dental implant is a permanent solution to one or more missing or damaged teeth. It consists of a titanium post that is anchored to the jaw bone and serves as the tooth root.

An abutment is the extension on top of the dental implant, and a crown (artificial replacement tooth) is the visible portion that is attached to the abutement and post.

How Do Dental Implants Compare to Dentures?

While dentures are more cost-effective, dental implants have several advantages as an option for tooth replacement.

To start, dental implants are more comfortable and provide better functional improvements for eating and talking. They are also fixed and, with proper care, may never require replacement.

Lastly, dental implants are whiter, brighter, and the most natural option for missing teeth. As a result, patients are able to achieve a more attractive A+ smile that restores their looks and confidence.

To learn more about which tooth replacement option is right for you, please call Gentle Care Dentists today to schedule a consultation.