For a long time, dentures and dental bridges were the go-to treatments for missing teeth. The reason for this is that these treatments offered replacement teeth quickly, and without much cost for the patient. Unfortunately, these treatments have a reputation for providing care that is uncomfortable, and they can be unreliable. Fortunately, patients now have a better option for treating their missing teeth: dental implants. If you currently reside in the Leamington, LaSalle, or Windsor, ON area and are currently deciding on which treatment to pursue for your missing teeth, we encourage you to read on to find out how dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants all compare.
Dentures: Without using another restoration for support, dentures do not sit permanently in place in the patient’s mouth. This treatment sits on the patient’s gums and often needs a dental adhesive to stay in place. Even with adhesive, dentures often come lose when chewing, making them difficult to eat with.
Dental Bridges: Because dental bridges utilize the surrounding natural teeth for support, they provide better stability than dentures. That said, they can still come loose or move out of place, making them difficult to chew with.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are directly fused to your jawbone, just like a natural tooth is. Thanks to this fusion, the patient’s implants should never get loose or move out of place, and will always be able to chew without error.
Dentures: Unfortunately, dentures don’t last very long when compared to other treatments. On average, the patient will need to have their dentures replaced every seven to ten years.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are pretty much equal to dentures in terms of longevity. They will also need to be replaced about every seven to ten years.
Dental Implants: This is one category where dental implants take the top spot. On average, implants last about twenty years before needing replacement. In fact, with proper care, implants can last the rest of the patient’s lifetime.
Dentures: Dentures have gained a reputation for being uncomfortable. The reason for this is the fact that they have a habit of rubbing against the patient’s gums.
Dental Bridges: Bridges are rather comfortable while in place, but it is possible for the teeth beneath the bridge to become infected, which can cause pain and discomfort.
Dental Implants: Because implants are fused to the jawbone, they provide the same level of comfort as felt with natural teeth. In fact, the patient won’t even be able to tell their implants apart from their natural teeth.
Dentures: Dentures can be provided relatively quickly, and typically no alterations need to be made to the patient’s mouth.
Dental Bridges: In order for a dental bridge to receive support from the teeth surrounding the missing tooth, these teeth need to be irreversibly filed down. This filing can leave these teeth defenseless against decay.
Dental Implants: Dental implants take the longest to complete, as they require ample healing time during portions of the process. That said, the results possible with implants make them well worth the wait.
Not every tooth restoration treatment is right for every patient. Some patients may be better off with dentures or a dental bridge than dental implants. In order to find the best treatment for each patient, a mandatory consultation with Dr. Michael Jacobs is required. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today in Leamington, ON.
Dr. Michael Jacobs
5955 Malden Road
Canada N9H 1S6
Monday: 9AM – 8PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 8AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 9AM - 1PM