Are you sick and tired of suffering from the effects of tooth loss and would like to work on restoring those missing teeth? Then you’ve made the first step toward a better, complete smile. Now, you will need to decide which type of tooth restoration treatment you would prefer to use. There are three types of restoration commonly used in the Bethlehem, PA area. These are dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Each treatment comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which can make it more difficult to determine which might be best for your individual condition. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry believes that the only way to make an informed decision on your oral health is to be well educated on all of your potential options. With this in mind, we encourage you to read on to learn more about how these treatments compare.
For the longest time, dentures were the go-to treatment for patients who are suffering from more than one missing tooth. The reason dentures were preferred over other treatments has a lot to do with the fact that they can be provided quickly and affordably. Dentures are replacement teeth that are held together by a pink, gum-colored plastic. This device sits on top of your gums, making it look as though you have a full mouth of teeth. Dentures also have the benefit of giving your face shape and definition, ensuring that you don’t develop a sunken appearance in your cheeks.
Unfortunately, dentures come with many disadvantages that tend to have previous dentures patients remarking on how uncomfortable and unreliable they are. For instance, dentures place a lot of pressure on your gums, which can lead to soreness and general discomfort. It is also true that patients often have to use a messy adhesive with their dentures in order for the treatment to have any chance of staying in place. This adhesive must be purchased separately, and will begin to add up over time. Finally, dentures need to be removed every night and soaked in a cleaning solution, which is yet another additional cost you will need to work into your budget. Even with this additional care, your dentures will still need to be replaced about every seven years.
One popular method for restoring single missing teeth is the dental bridge. This treatment is made up of three crowns that are fused together for support. The middle crown is used to replace the missing tooth, while the other two crowns will cover the surrounding teeth so that they can properly support the replacement tooth. Patients like to use dental bridges to restore their missing teeth because they can be provided quickly and they are very affordable. Bridges are also not removable, meaning that you will not have to take them out for cleaning or for any other reason. They also look good, allowing your new teeth to fit in perfectly with your remaining teeth.
The biggest disadvantage of dental bridges is the fact that in order for the support crowns to fit the surrounding teeth, those teeth will need to be filed down, permanently altering those teeth. Should you need to have your bridge removed for any reason, these teeth will be noticeable when you smile, and they will be less defended from tooth decay. Much like dentures, dental bridges also tend to last only about seven years before they will need to be replaced.
Dental implants are the latest in tooth restoration technology, and are quickly rising in popularity on account of their ability to provide realistic working and feeling replacement teeth. Using titanium screws to replicate your tooth roots, dental implants are able to perfectly replicate your natural teeth, requiring no more care than your natural teeth to stay healthy and strong. The fact that they are fused to your jawbone gives them the benefit of staying permanently in place, and they can end up lasting you a lifetime.
There are two main disadvantages with dental implants. The first being the fact that they require surgery to be placed, making them the most invasive of tooth restoration treatments. The second disadvantage is the fact that most insurance companies do not cover them. However, it’s no trouble to check whether your insurance covers the treatment at least partially, and there also great financing options available.
Are you unsure of what the best treatment for your missing teeth might be? Then we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry today. We look forward to helping you restore your smile soon!
Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry
2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B23
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Tuesday: Emergencies by appointment
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
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