For some people, dentures are an appropriate option for restoring one or multiple missing teeth. But for others, they’re far from ideal. Since dentures are removable, they must be taken out at night and soaked. Chewing on hard, sticky, or chewy foods can make the dentures slide out of place, which is particularly embarrassing if it happens at a social event or business lunch. It can also be difficult to articulate words clearly with dentures in place. Plus, unlike real teeth, dentures do not stimulate the underlying jawbone mass during biting and chewing, which can lead to poor bone density over time.
“Many of our patients come in to talk about tooth replacement options when they’re fed up with the functionality and cosmetic appearance of their dentures,” says Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “They’re surprised to learn that there are several alternatives to dentures, and that alternatives like dental implants can actually help preserve oral health.”
Dental implants are definitely considered to be the gold standard in tooth replacement, and advances in implant technology over the past few years means that patients can often receive implants even if they were previously told they weren’t good candidates. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth, as the post is surgically placed directly into the jawbone.
Dental implants work well for replacing one or a couple of missing teeth. But what if you’re missing a full arch of teeth? You still have a good alternative to dentures: All on 4® dental implants can restore the full arch without requiring more than four implants. (Some patients may be better candidates for All on 6® implants.) With this technique, your cosmetic dentist will place four implants into the jawbone. Even if you’ve sustained significant bone loss already, your dentist can use an angled insertion technique to successfully place the implants. These implants will support your new dental bridge, which will give you a full arch of non-removable replacement teeth.
As popular and effective as dental implants are, sometimes patients simply prefer not to go through two or more oral surgeries, or wait the several months it takes for the bone to fuse to the implant. If you’re looking for quick results with minimal fuss, consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about dental bridges. Just like the name implies, a dental bridge effectively bridges the gap caused by tooth loss. Since dental bridges aren’t supported by a surgically placed implant, your dentist will instead fabricate two dental crowns that will fit over the remaining teeth on either side of the gap. These crowns hold the replacement tooth in place, which is known as the pontic. Dental bridges may be fixed in place or they may be removable, depending on your preferences.
Every patient with missing teeth deserves compassionate, patient-focused care delivered by expert implantologists. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot take the time to get to know each patient to determine the best possible course of treatment. We are your source for high-quality and affordable tooth restorations and replacements on Long Island. Call (631) 296-0549 to request your no-cost initial consultation.
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