What are my Tooth Replacement Options?
Teeth should be replaced immediately after extraction. If you wait, you can run into a host of additional problems, such as bone loss, movement of the surrounding teeth, difficulty chewing, changes in speech, and loss of self-esteem. Replacing teeth may seem expensive on the surface but the price of postponing treatment is much more costly to your health and budget in the end.
Many people consider dentures an affordable, quick fix but dentures are a temporary option, held in place with adhesives. Their instability and impermanence can cause a great deal of stress. The thought of having to take out your teeth every night or worry that your dentures may move when you are talking can be too much to deal with on daily basis.
Dr. Nargiz Schmidt offers dental implants, implant supported dentures, and dentures to replace missing teeth. Implants are the most recommended as they are the most like your natural teeth. Made to look and function like a single tooth, an implant is permanent and can be brushed and flossed just like the surrounding teeth. Nearly everyone is a good candidate for implants, although bone grafts may be necessary if significant bone loss has occurred.
Dentures are another option that is viable for almost anyone. Unlike implants, however, they are removable and are held in place with adhesives. While they do not offer the stability and bone health benefits of dental implants, they are a convenient and affordable option.
Implant supported dentures are a combination of dentures and implants. A few implants are placed strategically in order to anchor a custom prosthetic. This option delivers both stability and affordability while allowing patients who have suffered bone loss to get implants without undergoing treatments to augment bone volume first.