In the past, the only option available for restoring the smile after tooth loss was partial or full dentures. However, in recent years, there have been many different solutions that patients can consider whether they lost one tooth or an entire dental arch. At the practice of Dr. Eric Wiitala, several options exist, including dental implants. Patients considering tooth replacement options often ask about the differences between traditional dentures and dental implants.
Dentures are removable restorations that can replace one or more teeth. Partial dentures are best for patients who have existing teeth in place. The partial denture is made of acrylic and metal. It snaps into place using the remaining teeth as an anchor. Full dentures, on the other hand, are used when all the teeth are missing from the dental arch. They are made of acrylic and include false teeth and false gums. Dentures are held in place with natural suction or dental adhesives and should be removed at night and soaked in a solution to keep the moist.
Understanding dental implants
Dental implants are another solution that has become extremely popular amongst patients. These titanium posts are placed into the bone of the jaw and are covered with a dental crown to replace a single tooth. Patients may also use dental implants as an anchor on one or both sides of a dental bridge. These restorations function just like natural teeth, are permanently in place, and don’t require any special attention outside of traditional brushing, flossing, and routine examinations.
What about combining them both?
Another option that we encourage patients to consider is implant-retained dentures. These are full dentures that snap in place with several dental implant along the dental arch. This is the strongest and most reliable way to replace all the teeth in the smile, and our team encourages patients to consider the benefits of these restorations whenever possible.
Ready to find out if you are a candidate for dentures or dental implants?
Speak to our professionals today to learn more about dentures and dental implants, and to consult with Dr. Eric Wiitala regarding your candidacy for one or both! Call the Scottsdale, AZ practice located at 9755 North 90th Street, Suite #B250, at (480) 657-6981.