Have you grown unhappy with your existing dental prostheses, such as ill-fitting dentures? Many patients don’t realize that after tooth loss the jaw can begin to shrink, particularly if several teeth have fallen out or been extracted. This means that over time, even once well-fitting dentures can become uncomfortable and esthetically unpleasing. Fortunately, restorative dentists offer a number of ways to help address tooth loss or to update existing prostheses, in ways that inspire both confidence and create comfort, as well. So if you are ready to see how your smile could be improved, it is time to explore your prosthetic options.
Is It Time to Update Your Denture?
If you are unhappy with either the look or feel of your existing prostheses, or if you are unsatisfied with the way it shifts while chewing, you may want to explore alternative forms of prosthetic treatment, such as dental bridges and dental implants.
For patients who have recently lost a tooth, or have an extraction scheduled, it is also wise to discuss all the prosthetic options with a dentist before settling on a form of treatment.
Have You Considered the Benefits of Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?
Dental bridges are more secure than unsupported dentures, because they rely on crowns directly affixed to healthy teeth, to hold a replacement tooth (or even a partial denture) firmly in place.
However, for even more security and stability, patients should consider dental implants, which are the only prostheses available that both replaces a missing tooth and its corresponding tooth root. In fact, the piece used to mimic the tooth root is designed to last a lifetime, while securely anchoring the replacement tooth.