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For many adults, missing teeth are a real and persistent problem that can worsen with the aging process. Given that facial trauma, disease, decay, and fracture are all likely causes of tooth loss, this issue is more common than some think. If untreated, patients may find themselves facing structural changes to their smiles, among other concerning effects. Many treatments exist to replace missing teeth and restore the structure of your smile. Two common procedures that meet this goal involve the use of dental implants, which incorporate the jaw bone as a base, or dentures, which rest on the gums.

So, which should you choose? Let’s take a closer look to see what each has to offer.

Dental Implants

For patients looking for a secure and long-lasting solution to missing teeth, dental implants are rapidly becoming the standard of care. Unlike other prosthetics, implant-supported teeth don’t slip or slide, creating a more secure and natural feeling during eating or speaking. Since they are supported by the structure of the jaw, the risk of jaw resorption is limited.

Implants offer great versatility, and are ideal among dental restorations. Dr. Lee T. Frost works with patients to make sure their new smiles look as natural as possible. Implants can also be used in combination with dentures or bridges to give greater support.

Given the more complex nature of the procedure, not all patients will be immediate candidates for dental implants. Implants are not recommended where there is significant gum disease. There also needs to be an adequate amount of healthy bone present for implantation. Bone grafting techniques can help build bone in preparation for implant.

For patients without adequate bone to support the implants, bone grafting procedures can help prepare for effective implant treatment.

With good oral hygiene, your implants can last more than twenty years on average to forever.

Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that sit directly on the gums and replace missing teeth, as well as return some of your smile’s former support and shape. Full dentures are used when there are no remaining teeth present, and partial dentures, which rest on a metal framework, are used when sufficient natural teeth are present.

All denture types have an adjustment period following placement, where patients get used to caring for and utilizing their new teeth. Dentures rely on adhesive and the natural suction to keep them in place, so they don’t cause discomfort. Additionally, as the natural shape of your jaw changes, dentures will require annual check-ups for relining.

While dentures are less costly than dental implants, they provide flexibility that may serve both your budget and health needs, including hybrid dentures and implant-supported full prosthesis.

Don’t Wait – Call Frost Dental Group Today

It is critical to seek out tooth replacement options sooner than later. Bone loss and changes to facial structure around the missing teeth will only worsen your situation the longer you go without care. Let our implant dentist and staff work with you to get your beautiful self and smile back. Call today to schedule your consultation!

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