This titanium implant will bond directly with your jawbone, like a natural tooth, providing an anchor for the cosmetic crown. The soft tissue is then rebuilt to fit tightly around the new teeth (Information from Sierra Dental, a dentist office in Calgary).
• Low Maintenance: These artificial teeth require about the same amount of care as natural teeth.
• Low Risk: Dental implants have a success rate of over 95%.
• Lengthy Process: Implants require the skills of both a dentist and surgeon. After the titanium implant has been placed, it typically takes six months for the post to bond with the jawbone. After the implant has bonded, several appointments may be necessary to finish fitting the patient with prosthetic teeth.
• May Require Other Surgical Procedures: Dental implants in the upper jaw may negatively affect the sinuses. This can be corrected through sinus augmentation, but it requires further surgical care.
However, patients who retain some natural teeth may still use dentures. Partial dentures cover gaps of three teeth or more and are usually fitted and anchored to the remaining natural teeth.
• Covered by Most Insurance: Most insurance providers cover dentures.
• Easily Altered: Because dentures are not permanently placed, they can be altered for aesthetics or to correct fit problems more easily than implants.
• Unnatural-looking: Though the appearance of dentures has improved, they often look less natural than a bridge or implants.
• May Cause Further Damage: Dentures do not preserve the jaw bone or soft gum tissues. Over time, dentures may contribute to bone recession and facial collapse. If dentures are anchored to remaining teeth, there is a high risk of these natural teeth wearing down or becoming infected.
Your eligibility for either reconstruction method depends on how many teeth you are replacing, the health of your jaw, and your financial situation. Patients who smoke or already have progressive jawbone degeneration will not have the bone density necessary for dental implants.
Partial dentures or implant-anchored bridges may be used to replace several missing teeth, with similar success rates and equally natural-looking results. The right option for your mouth will depend on the location and amount of missing teeth, strength of your bone and remaining natural teeth, and the dental technology available to you.
If you are constantly trying to hide missing teeth, make an appointment with your dentist to talk about your reconstructive options. Dental implants or dentures can help you rebuild your beautiful smile, oral health, and confidence.