There is no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to your dental care. Depending on the current state of your oral health, you may not be an immediate candidate for dental implants, which may lead you to seek different tooth replacement treatments. However, we strongly encourage you to undergo supplemental treatments, as dental implants are truly the best option for your overall health.
While dentures and bridges are the traditional remedies for tooth loss, these treatments are also problematic solutions that often cause additional complications. Dentures, in particular, have many unpleasant side effects, including:
Bones are similar to muscles in the sense that they become stronger and healthier when stimulated. When all teeth are present and well-aligned in the mouth, chewing food enhances the bone mass by increasing the blood flow to the jaw. This positive phenomenon also occurs with dental implants but it does not happen with dentures or bridges which actually cause the jawbone to diminish.
Dentures can also have a negative impact on patients’ social lives. People with dentures are often reluctant to go out in public because of their appearance. Eating out can also be a painful and embarrassing experience for them. Tooth and bone loss can also make speaking difficult, further alienating denture-wearers and discouraging them from socializing in public.
Similar to dentures, a dental bridge is a type of tooth replacement that has some major drawbacks. Dental bridges are porcelain replacement teeth anchored in place by attached crowns to healthy teeth around the gap left by missing teeth.
While bridges might provide an effective immediate tooth replacement solution, the long-term consequences can leave a negative impact on the smile. For starters, bridges require that healthy teeth be reshaped in order to support the bridge. Not only does this put extra stress on the anchor teeth, bridges can also the gums beneath the bridge, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, since bridges do not integrate into the jaw, they can lead to bone deterioration and facial sagging, much like dentures.
Another disadvantage with bridges is that they are a temporary solution. Bridges typically require replacement after 10 to 20 years; however, dental implants can last indefinitely when the wearer practices good oral hygiene.
At Central Dental Care, our Jefferson City dentist recommends dental implants as the ideal solution for treating tooth loss. From their natural appearance to their overall lifespan, dental implants are ideal for treating almost any form of tooth loss. As the treatment can be customized to each patients’ unique needs, dental implants are highly versatile – even patients who’ve worn dentures for an extended period of time and who’ve experienced large scale bone deterioration are often able to qualify for dental implants.
If you’re ready to trade in your denture for dental implants, contact Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost today! Our implant dentist will help you explore all your tooth replacement options and select the right one for your smile. Contact us for your complimentary dental implant exam with our dentist in Jefferson City, MO today!
Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost
2022 William Street
Jefferson City, MO
Monday: 8AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 4PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 4PM
Friday: 8AM – 1PM