How Do Dental Implants Compare to Other Restorations?

Nov 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Bad Breath, Bruxism, CA Dentist, Children's Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Emergencies, Dental Implants, Dental News, Dental Technology, Dry Mouth, General Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry, Gum Disease, Invisalign, More dental news, Nutrition, Oral Cancer, Oral Hygiene, Patient Education, Porcelain Veneers, Preventive Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Richmond, Richmond Dentist, Sedation Dentistry, Sleep Apnea, TMJ Disorder, Tooth Decay, Tooth Loss, Tooth Stains

Dental ImplantsThe typical person with a missing tooth would replace it if given the chance. In fact, keeping your smile whole may very well be a natural instinct, considering that our ancestors crafted dental crowns and bridges from gold as early as 200 AD. Since then, however, we’ve learned a great deal about our oral health and its connection to the rest of our bodies. With that learning came the understanding that, in some cases, replacing the top part of a missing tooth may not suffice to fully fix the problem of tooth loss, the ramifications of tooth loss go beyond what you can immediately see. As a dedicated Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu explains why dental implants are your best replacement choice in the long-run.

Dental Implants vs. Traditional Bridges

As the name suggests, a dental bridge closes, or “bridges,” the gap left by a lost tooth. The device consists of two dental crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap and a false tooth in the middle that replaces the one lost. The two remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap must be shaved down to allow room for the bridge’s side crowns, called abutment teeth, to fit over them. A dental implant, however, is inserted into your jawbone where the missing tooth’s roots once were. A dental crown can be attached to the dental implant without the need to manipulate remaining healthy tooth structure. When comparing implants to bridges, it becomes clear that implants provide the restoration without the risk of damaging remaining healthy teeth and risking further complications.

Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dentures

Dentures, both partial and full sets, are a popular choice for patients who suffer multiple or complete tooth loss. Dentures consist of a gum-colored base upon which a row of false teeth are placed. The base is typically secured to your gums using an adhesive or natural suction (typically for upper dentures). Over time, however, the dentures can lose their perfect fit, or become lose and irritate your gums, causing discomfort and difficulty performing dental tasks like chewing or speaking clearly. After a while dentures must be refitted or replaced. The concept, however, is an excellent one, and with the assistance of dental implants, dentures can be the perfect option for replacing a mouthful of missing teeth. Rather than relying on adhesives and suction, implant-supported dentures are secured to 1-4 implants, depending on the set of dentures (partial or full). The implants eliminate the need for adhesive, as well as provide a permanent base to attach new dentures if they ever need replacement.

Call Your Richmond Implant Dentist Today

To learn more about dental implants and whether they are the right choice for you, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moiceanu, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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