Dr. Datta Malyavantham offers several replacement options for missing teeth in his Sterling, VA dentist office. The best treatment for you will depend on your personal oral health needs and cosmetic goals. Dr. Datta will evaluate your gums and teeth and present you with your treatment options. He will also explain the pros and cons of each treatment and how they will benefit you.
If you are missing an entire row of teeth, your options for replacement include dentures and dental implants. For many patients the thought of wearing dentures for the rest of their life makes them unhappy. Thankfully, today there are better options available including dental implants that are capable of securing a denture to the upper and lower row jaw.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are custom made artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth. They are not permanent meaning you can remove them and put them back in when needed. They are made in a dental lab with impressions of your mouth.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Dentures will deliver about a 30-40% normal chewing function. Dental implants will deliver a 100% normal chewing function. Oftentimes, dentures may slip around or may not fit correctly leaving you with the worry of falling out.
Dentures are the more affordable option in the beginning. But dentures require a lot of up-keep that can add up over time. You will have to buy adhesives and cleaning solutions. They may also need realigned, rebased or even replaced over time. Dental implants will require a significant investment up front. The results will last much longer though, maybe even forever if cared for properly.
Having dentures involve special care including brushing them daily. They are also fragile and can possibly break if dropped. You can never let your dentures dry out and that can be a constant worry especially when not wearing them. Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth which will eliminate a lot of extra work. You can brush them and floss them without worry of damaging them.
Dentures need to be held in place with paste or adhesive every time you wear them. Sometimes the adhesive is not always reliable and the dentures may slip around causing sores or gum irritation. With Dental implants, you won’t need to do this extra step because they are surgically implanted and can be treated like normal teeth.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that void can cause bone loss and deterioration in your jawbone. Dr. Datta will recommend dental implants over dentures because they are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent recession of the jawbone and facial collapse.