Dentures and dental bridges have long been a popular tooth replacement option, thanks to their quick application and ease of fitting. But nowadays some patients may find these treatments to be less convenient than they anticipated. If you’ve become unhappy with your dentures or dental bridges, consider dental implants as an alternative tooth replacement treatment for your missing teeth. Take a look below at some of the differences that patients have experienced between old restoration treatments and their new dental implants.
While dentures are easy to slip on and off, this detachable nature can also cause the denture to accidentally slip loose during normal activities such as eating or talking. It doesn’t often happen but when it does it could be embarrassing in social situations. Dental implants are quite the opposite, as they are permanent and can act much like a natural tooth.
One study found that dentures had only half the normal bite pressure of a normal set of teeth, causing some patients to slightly change how their food was prepared. With dental implants, these artificial teeth work alongside your natural teeth and are firmly embedded in the jawbone, giving you the normal bite pressure you enjoy.
Dentures and dental bridges have a lifespan of an average five to ten years, depending on the wear-and-tear and quality of the appliance. As each one wears down, they are replaced over time, and that can add up over time in terms of cost.
Since dental implants are permanent, they have the ability to last even longer with proper care and maintenance. So long as you attend regular checkups and cleanings, the dental implant could last you for a lifetime. Since they are artificial, they are not susceptible to tooth decay, also known as cavities, periodontal disease, and more.
Dentures and bridges are constructed with different qualities of materials, and so may look different from patient to patient. It also tends to ruin the illusion when the denture falls out for any reason during normal activities.
Dental implants are embedded into the bone and topped with a porcelain crown that is shaped and stained to look realistic among your natural teeth. Dr. Chao will work closely with you to ensure that your dental implant is reliable and seamless among the rest of your teeth in your smile. Our goal is so that even your close friends and family may not even be able to tell the difference.
Dentures and dental bridges differ in care and maintenance needs. Dentures need a daily scrubbing, to remove the adhesive and any gunk that accumulated on them during the day. For bridges, the crowns are connected together, so there’s no way to floss between the teeth or get into the hard-to-reach spot between the bridge and the gums.
Dental implants are replicated like real teeth and can be cleaned the same way too. Just utilize floss, a toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste and regular cleanings at the dentist to keep it healthy and clean.
Dental bridges and dentures do not take very long to create. After having impressions of your mouth made, a dental laboratory can create your ideal dentures or bridge within a few weeks to a month or so.
However, dental implants can take anywhere from four to six months to complete. This is due to the time necessary to allow osseointegration to take place, which is what secures the implant to the jawbone. Without this waiting period, your dental implant could fail or become loose.
Are you missing one or more teeth in Pleasanton, CA? Contact us at Pleasanton Prosthodontics to learn more about dental implants and what they can do for your smile. We encourage all new and current patients who are interested to also explore this infosite and look into the cost and financing, dental implant process, benefits and more. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao, where you’ll have your oral health evaluated, a discussion about the best treatment options for you, and ultimately a decision on whether dental implants are best for you and your smile.
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM