Tooth restoration options have been around for as long as human beings have walked the earth. Some of the older forms of treatment include crowns, traditional bridgework, and adhesive dentures. But, while each of these approaches has its benefits, none of them can match dental implants in Carrollton for resilience, practicality, and peace of mind. Let’s look at why this is the case.
Implants vs. Crowns
Crowns are a good option in many cases. They can protect a distressed tooth from further damage and enhance the patient’s smile. However, they require the base of the tooth to be strong enough to support the restoration. Also, crowns can sometimes allow infection to enter the roots of the tooth and cause further problems. Implants are free of these limitations.
Implants vs. Traditional Bridgework
A traditional bridge is used to span the gap left by a missing tooth, recreating its appearance and functionality. While this is a good option for many patients, it requires healthy teeth on either side of the space to support the appliance. Also, as with crowns, infection can sometimes find its way into the supporting teeth, weakening the bridge.
An implant-supported bridge is a good alternative to traditional bridgework. It’s impervious to cavity-causing bacteria and enjoys added structural integrity. This gives the patient greater assurance and helps the restoration itself to last longer, often as long as a lifetime.
Implants vs. Adhesive Dentures
Sometimes the degree of tooth loss suffered by the patient requires a more extensive restorative approach. This is where adhesive dentures enter the picture. Time-tested and affordable, they have helped millions of people to live better lives. They still do.
Unfortunately, adhesive dentures suffer from several disadvantages that limit their ability to help patients. These drawbacks include:
- Bone resorption: your jawbone requires nerve stimulation from either natural teeth or dental implants. When it fails to receive this important feedback, the consequences for the patient can include bone loss.
- Relining or replacing: it’s common for denture wearers to notice differences in the shape of their face and jaw, primarily due to the bone resorption problem noted above. When this happens, correcting the issue may require relining the denture or replacing it altogether, sometimes every few years.
- Lifestyle restrictions: one of the chief purposes of smile restoration is to improve the patient’s quality of life. Adhesive dentures can often work against this objective, by forcing the wearer to give up certain foods or restrict favorite activities. Some patients live in fear of the product coming loose at the worst imaginable time.
Dental implants were created to avoid these drawbacks. They use the strength on the jawbone itself, not messy pastes or creams. They provide the jaw with the stimulation it needs to prevent resorption. Perhaps best of all, they empower the patient to enjoy his or her favorite activities and eat a normal, well-rounded diet.
Life is too precious to go through it with missing teeth. Talk to your dentist about implants and other restoration options during your upcoming appointment. You’ll seen be enjoying a better smile.
About the Author
Fort Worth native Dr. Marc Dandois has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He’s a skilled implant and restorative dentist. You can reach his office online or by calling (972) 394-7007.