Comparing Tooth Replacements: What’s Best for You?
Here at Sandcreek Dental we see patients with smiles of all shapes and sizes. For many of our older patients there’s quite a few that are missing one or more teeth too. Some of these patients have lived for years with dentures; others have lost teeth recently. But one thing they have in common is that they don’t want to live with huge gaps in their smile. We want the best for each of our Idaho Falls, ID patients, so join us as we compare these various tooth replacement treatments to satisfy your curiosity. Who knows, maybe you’ll find one that fits your own tooth loss story!
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are individual porcelain shells that are shaped like teeth. They’re purpose is to fit snugly over an existing tooth that may have been broken or recently undergone a surgical treatment (or root canal). The crown can protect the tooth from further damage, and can also be made right in-house, thanks to our innovative CEREC machine!
A bridge is a fusion of three or more crowns, wherein the middle crowns are placed to hide the gaps in your smile. The crowns on either side of the middle ones are hollow and fitted over the neighboring teeth next to the gap. In summary, it “bridges” the gap with multiple crowns.
With the help of the CEREC machine, crowns can be constructed in the same day as a patient’s appointment, giving an advantage of same-day application to cap a damaged tooth, lost tooth, or dental implant.
Who Can Get Crowns or Bridges?
Individual crowns are best for patients who have one or more damaged teeth, wherein bridges are best for those missing one or more teeth, and don’t want to undergo surgery for tooth replacement. Bridges may also be more ideal than partial dentures, depending on the number of missing teeth.
Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures
For patients who are missing multiple teeth, or even a full arch of teeth, a denture or implant-supported denture may be more beneficial. Dentures are implements that are clipped into your smile, and are typically removable for daily cleaning. However, they need to be fitted correctly to prevent them from sliding or falling out while talking or eating.
For patients who already have dentures, or want a more secure denture, implant-supported dentures may be more ideal. Implant-supported dentures are the best of both dentures and implants for patients who are missing multiple or a full arch of teeth. They can fill out a full arch of missing teeth with the added stabilization of implant fixtures.
Who Can Get Dentures/Implant-Supported Dentures?
Dentures and implant-supported dentures are best for patients who are missing many teeth or even a full arch of teeth. It can fill the missing teeth quicker, and is less risk to your jawbone, than individual implants.
Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth from root to crown. Constructed from titanium and porcelain, they replace individual lost teeth and can be great replacements that are just as durable and long-lasting as natural teeth. The porcelain crown of implants can be shaped and shaded to match your natural teeth accurately. However, the complete dental implant process can last for four to six months.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants (individual) are best for patients missing one or more teeth. They can be very reliable, but may not be recommended for patients missing a whole arch of teeth. They’re also best for patients who have sufficient jawbone and gum tissue to support the implants as well.
“How Do I Know What’s Best for Me?”
The best way to find out what treatment is best for your missing teeth is to ask us! Dr. Mark Tall here at Sandcreek Dental can help guide you through your options, and evaluate your oral health to see what you qualify for as well. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tall and know that you can complete your smile in Idaho Falls, ID once again!