Posted on April 10, 2019
As children, losing a tooth means we’re growing up, a rite of passage we look forward to with much excitement! We dream of placing our lost teeth under our pillow in the hopes that the tooth fairy will come and leave a dollar in its place. Yet, as we age, losing a tooth isn’t as exciting. In fact, losing teeth as an adult can be scary, not only because it can lead to jaw bone loss, but it can also affect how you live day to day.
There are a few things to consider when thinking of replacing missing teeth: cost, longevity, and as mentioned above, quality of life. Each of these are important when considering how you’re going to protect your smile as you get older. At Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists, we offer the best option for replacing missing teeth, permanent dental implants. In this post, we’ll explain the difference between implants and other options (bridges, partials, flippers) and will go in-depth about why dental implants may be your best bet to preserve your smile for the long-run.
So What’s the Difference?
Dentures are fake teeth embedded in acrylic plates, typically made out of plastic that that wears out in time, and they click into place or use an adhesive to attach to your gums. They can be taken in and out of your mouth as needed.
Bridges are fake teeth that “bridge” the gap between your real teeth and the teeth that are missing. There are four types of bridges, a traditional dental bridge, a cantilever dental bridge, a Maryland dental bridge, and an implant supported dental bridge.
A traditional dental bridge is the most popular because it can be used when there are real teeth on either side after they are cut/prepared by your dentist. They are typically held in place by crowns cemented on your natural teeth. A cantilever dental bridge is held in place by only one natural tooth. Whereas a Maryland dental bridge is used when there are real teeth on either side of the gap, but the attachment is done on the back of the natural teeth, not as a crown on top like with a traditional bridge. An implant supported dental bridge is when the bridge is supported by implants rather than your natural teeth.
Dentures and bridges are not always the right solution, however, depending on your individual needs. It’s important to consider the bones under your gum surface as well. Without a tooth in place, the neighboring teeth will move, tip, and bone will start to deteriorate. And that can affect not only how you eat, but how you look, too.
What Makes Dental Implants Different?
Dental implants are a long-term solution to achieving a healthy smile. Dental implants are made of titanium and are placed inside the jaw bone which stimulates bone growth, making it stronger. Essentially, you’re preserving the natural strength of your jaw bones while limiting problems in the future.
The Closest Thing to Natural Teeth
Although more expensive, dental implants are an investment in more than just healthy teeth and gums. They are an investment that is actually the closest thing to your natural teeth. What does that mean for our patients? It means you can enjoy the same foods you’ve always enjoyed, without having to change your diet! You can also floss and brush your teeth as you normally would, too. Plus, with a full set of teeth you’ll look younger longer, preserving the natural contours of your face.
Affording a Beautiful Smile
So, how can you make the cost of dental implants doable on a budget? If you have dental insurance, check with your provider to see if dental implants are included in your covered care. You may even have eligible health savings or flex spending benefits that can be used toward preserving your smile! If you’ve recently received a tax refund, your smile is a great investment!
Schedule A Free Consultation at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists
Ready to get started with dental implants? Click here to schedule your free consultation today! Visit us in one of our two convenient office locations in Elmhurst and Downers Grove. We promise to make it worth your time!
Our periodontist, Dr. Jingyuan Fan, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, also teaches PT at local MIdwestern Dental University and is committed to providing outstanding service for her patients. At your consultation, you’ll meet Dr. Fan, who will recommend treatment based on your needs and overall goals to get you your best smile. At Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists, we treat our patients like family, and all of our treatments are individualized to your unique needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 630-964-0115. We look forward to meeting you!