Many options are available for restoring your smile following tooth loss. Two popular methods include dental implants and dentures. Both options are versatile and can be used to replace just a few teeth or an entire arch. At our dental practice in Farmington, MI, we offer both dental implants and dentures. Dr. Stephen Harris, our knowledgeable and experienced dentist, can help you decide which method is right for you.
Dental implants are an exciting tooth replacement option because they replace both missing teeth and their roots. A dental implant is a tiny metal post that is placed directly in the jawbone and acts as a root to hold a tooth restoration in place. Types of restorations that can be used in conjunction with dental implants include crowns, bridges, and implant-supported overdentures.
There are many unwanted side effects of tooth loss, including subsequent bone loss. Following tooth loss, the body reabsorbs bone tissue that isn’t supporting any teeth. A major benefit of dental implants is that they help prevent bone loss in the jaw area. The bone that is supporting a dental implant will not be reabsorbed by the body.
However, if extensive bone loss has already occurred, dental implants are not an option. Patients wishing to restore their smile with dental implants must have enough bone tissue in the jaw to support the placement of the implants. The skilled dentist at our office in Farmington, MI, can determine if dental implants or dentures are the best options for restoring your smile.
Dentures are another effective method for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Additionally, they are a suitable option for patients without sufficient bone structure to be candidates for dental implants.
There are two specific types of dentures: partial and full. Partial dentures are appropriate when there are still some natural teeth and a patient wishes to fill in the gaps around those teeth. Full dentures, sometimes also called complete dentures, are needed when there are no natural teeth left along an arch. Full dentures replace a complete row of missing teeth.
Several types of full and partial dentures are available. Some are meant to be worn temporarily, such as transitional partial dentures or immediate full dentures. Removable partial dentures and conventional full dentures both offer a better fit than their temporary counterparts and are meant to be worn long term. Another option is an implant-supported overdenture. This type of denture offers increased stability because it is held in place by dental implants, which are permanently rooted in the jawbone.
Dental implants and dentures both are extremely effective methods for restoring your smile. Additionally, each option helps reduce the side effects of tooth loss. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Harris to learn more about dental implants and dentures by calling our Farmington, MI, dental practice at (248) 478-4755.