Missing teeth can affect what a person is comfortable eating and how they look. When a person avoids healthy fruits and vegetables because it is hard to chew them, the diet becomes less healthy. But, missing teeth can be replaced with partial dentures, tooth implants, and full dentures. When these “new” teeth are properly made and fitted, they are much like natural teeth in looks and in function. Choosing a dentist such as Dr. Terry Watson in Syracuse to do the dental work will assure a good result.
Are Dental Implants A Good Solution?
Dental implants are the most natural looking, trouble-free tooth replacement, but they can cost as much as $3,000.00 each. Especially when multiple teeth need replacing, this can be financially prohibitive. Dentures are much more affordable but they require maintenance and inconvenience that some patients want to avoid. Dentures must be removed and cleaned.
A compromise solution has been developed that uses fewer implants connecting the new teeth, even a full arch of teeth. This implant-supported denture solution is less expensive than all implants and more convenient than dentures. So if only one tooth needs replacing, an implant is a good solution. If several connected teeth are missing, the patient can choose a partial denture anchored to adjoining teeth or a partial with implants on each end.
How can Implant Supported Restorations Work?
A zirconia or titanium implant is placed surgically into the jaw to fuse with the surrounding bone. It becomes the new root for the tooth. This can also work for multiple teeth. The teeth are connected for stability and then four or more implants are carefully spaced to support the arch of connected teeth and permanently install them. For success, the implants must be implanted at perfect angles for their placement. The patient must have enough bone density to support an implant.
Are Implants Right For Everyone?
Even the implant supported denture solution is more costly than traditional dentures. Many people do not have the $15,000 to $30,000 per single arch of implant-supported teeth. If the money is available, this is definitely the preferred solution to lost teeth. People who are already using traditional dentures might not have enough bone density or gum tissue to use this solution. For more information go to the website.