When a tooth is damaged or extracted, you have several options to replace that tooth. There are several good options, and people are often unsure about which one to choose. Should you opt for dental implants in Jupiter, a bridge or dentures? Here’s a quick look at your options and some pros and cons for each option.
Dental implants are placed into your jaw, where they eventually fuse to the jawbone itself. The implant includes a fixture (which looks much like a metal screw) and an abutment. A crown is placed over the abutment and this crown will blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
Benefits: There are many positive aspect of dental implants in Jupiter. These implants are virtually indestructible, making them the most permanent tooth replacement option. With dentures and bridgework, the jaw bone can begin to break down, but implants support the jaw structure, keeping the surrounding teeth as strong and sturdy as possible. Dental implants also will not form cavities, so this is one less worry in the future.
Drawbacks: The main drawback of dental implants in Jupiter is the cost. This is the most expensive option. Keep in mind that bridgework and dentures have to be replaced over time, so there will be future costs associated with those options that you won’t incur with implants. Additionally, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Jupiter patients with suppressed immune systems and a history of poor oral health may not be good candidates. Likewise, sometimes smokers also are not good candidates for dental implants due to the affect that smoking has on oral health in general. It also does take many months for the dental implant to heal and fuse to the jawbone, so you will not be fitted for a permanent crown until the this healing process is complete.
Today’s dentures are much more advanced than in the past, and much more comfortable. A partial or full set of dentures might be a good option for someone who has lost or will be losing many teeth.
Benefits: The main benefit associated with dentures is the cost, and this is, by far, the most affordable tooth replacement option. Today’s dentures look just like natural teeth, and no one should be able to tell that you are wearing partial or full dentures.
Drawbacks: While today’s dentures are an improvement over dentures from a generation ago, there’s no denying that these devices just aren’t as comfortable as dental implants in Jupiter or bridgework. These devices can slip and move, especially while eating and be generally uncomfortable and it can take some time to get used to wearing them. Dentures also do not support the jawbone, so this bone will begin to deteriorate once you remove your natural teeth. This means that over time your dentures will not fit properly and you will need to be fit for new dentures.
A bridge uses the structure of nearby teeth to cover a space left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns, one on either side of the gap, with a “fake” tooth or teeth in covering the space where the missing teeth once resided.
Benefits: Bridgework is more comfortable than dentures, and less expensive than dental implants. It can be an excellent option if you are missing just one tooth and the rest of your teeth are strong and in excellent condition.
Drawbacks: A dental implant is the most supportive option, and while bridgework is more supportive than dentures, it’s not as strong as an implant. When crowns are fitted to the teeth on either side of the gap, these teeth must be reduced in size to fit their crowns and this can impact the strength and structure of these abutment teeth. Bridges also might have a lifespan of only 10 to 20 years, and may need to be replaced, which can be pricey.
If you are interested in dental implants in Jupiter or any other tooth replacement option, give us a call today and set up an appointment. Our dental team will provide you with several options, and we accept most dental insurance plans and have several financing options available.