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Dental Implants, Bridges or Dentures?

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Your missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, bridges or dentures. Each option has its pros and cons, depending on the health of your teeth and your budget. With over 18 years of experience, Dr. Walter will evaluate your teeth and gums and help you choose the option that will work best for you.

Dental Implants

Dental implants feel and function just like your natural teeth. They are permanent fixtures of titanium posts, which are anchored to the jawbone and topped with individual replacement teeth or a bridge that screws or cements into the posts.

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Bridges

A bridge is a dental restoration that spans an area that has no teeth and is connected to natural teeth at each end. A typical bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two surrounding abutments or crowns. After completion, this bridge structure is then bonded into the mouth.

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Dentures

Dentures, partial or complete, replace either the bottom arch or the top arch of your mouth.

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Advantages of Dental Implants over Bridges
Advantages of Bridges over Dental Implants
Advantages of Dental Implants over Dentures
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The advantages of Dental Implants over Bridges

  • Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state
  • Deter further tooth loss. When a bridge "goes bad", it usually means the loss of one or more teeth that support the bridge
  • No need to cut down adjacent teeth

The advantages of Bridges over Dental Implants

  • Dental Implants can take longer to place. From extraction to healing to implant placement, it can be some time before you get a permanent crown
  • Dental implants require surgery
  • The initial cost of an implant will be higher than that of a fixed bridge

The advantages of Dental Implants over Dentures

  • Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state
  • Implants are permanently fixed & won't loosen
  • Keeps you looking younger by preventing shrinkage of jawbone
  • Deters further bone loss
  • No adhesives are needed
  • Allow you to eat all foods

Why Dental Implants are often the best solution

While fixed bridges and removable dentures have their place, they are not always the best solution. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking.

Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often require the partial cutting of adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years, compared to an average 25-year life span for dental implants.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Couple smiling with dentures

The ideal candidate for dental implants has good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants by having a bone-grafting procedure. People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace them with dental implants or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.

Come in and see Dr. Walter for a no-charge consultation about the options available to you.

Call us at (973) 658-4599 to make an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.