Comparing Dental Implants to Other Prostheses

Replacing missing teeth has long been an important part of dentistry. Some of the biggest advancements have come in the form of highly lifelike, long-lasting dental prostheses, such as dental bridges, partials, and complete dentures. Today, however, the most advanced tooth replacements also come with the support of dental implant posts, which are the first viable solutions to replace the lost roots of your teeth. By doing so, dental implants outperform traditional prostheses in both comfort and long-term stability.

Replacing a Single Lost Tooth

If you’ve lost a single lost tooth, then the conventional option for replacing it is a custom-designed dental bridge. Made with a lifelike replacement tooth, called a pontic, and a pair of supportive crowns on either side, a bridge fills the gap that the missing tooth leaves in your smile. By contrast, your dentist might suggest a dental impost and crown, which replaces the root and visible crown of your tooth without the need for extra supportive crowns.

 

Replacing Several Lost Teeth

If you have lost all of your teeth on one or both dental ridges, then a denture can be crafted to replace them and rebuild your bite’s function. Traditionally, the replacement teeth of a denture are situated on a custom-designed plastic base that comfortably fits on your dental ridge. However, for more lifelike results, your dentist can recommend supporting your denture on a series of implant posts that span your dental ridge and offer unmatched stability for your new smile.

Learn More About the Benefits of Dental Implants

Compared to more traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants typically outperform in all areas of dental health restoration. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.