Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss for several reasons, some of which are bone deterioration or some type of injury. Thankfully, there are options for those suffering from tooth loss, but the question is, which option should one choose? Some options include dentures and dental implants, but it’s important for patients to understand which choice is best suitable for their needs.
Dental implants offer several advantages over other alternative options, such as dentures. One advantage is that they look and function like natural teeth and are also created to be long-lasting. They provide more comfort, which allows for more natural biting and chewing capabilities. Another advantage is that dental implants replace some of the tooth roots, which preserves one’sbones because dental implants work with the jawbone to keep the bone healthy and in place. Unfortunately, with dentures, the surrounding tooth roots deteriorate over time, which causes the jawbone to recede and ultimately affect one’s smile.
Dental implants are also easier to maintain than conventional dentures. It’s also more difficult to eat with conventional dentures.
Depending on the amount of tooth loss, individuals may need removable partial dentures or removable complete dentures. Removable partial dentures are not as stable or comfortable as dental implants and can affect one’s ability to speak and eat. Even though this option is less expensive, it doesn’t provide individuals with a natural-looking smile, and it also doesn’t function as well as dental implants.
Removable complete dentures are typically placed on top of the gums in place of the missing teeth. Unfortunately, these are also uncomfortable and affect one’s ability to fully taste food. They also cause sore gums and move around as one speaks, eats, smiles, yawns, or coughs. This is also the less expensive option, but they only last about 7-15 years. Over time, the bone beneath the denture will deteriorate and permanently alter the appearance of one’s smile and face.
Dentists will insert the implants, which look like small screws, into the jaw and let them set for two to six months until they completely bond with the bone and provide an anchor for artificial teeth. While the implants are setting, individuals will wear a temporary teeth replacement option until they’re ready for the second step, which is when the implants are uncovered to attach tooth extensions.
Some dental implants don’t require two steps if they already have the extension piece attached. At McBride Dental, we are able to provide implants in a day if that’s all one’s diagnosis requires.
At McBride Dental, we offer dental implants to help our patients restore their smile. Our goal is to save every tooth we can and replace those that have deteriorated. Dr. McBride has been performing dental implant procedures since 1984 and has developed extensive knowledge over the years through top-of-the-line training which has produced an outstanding number of success stories. His versatility allows him to provide either a full mouth reconstruction or a single implant depending on an individual’s needs. If you are in the San Diego area and are suffering from tooth loss, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment with us today.