Implants, Bridges, Dentures and Other Mouth Restoration Options
Consider dentures if you are looking for removable dental restoration options. These can be used to replace a few or all of your top or bottom set of teeth. Dentures offer a quick and practical way to replace missing teeth. However, because dentures are removable, they are also prone to moving around. They may shift, slip and produce weird clicking sounds when the dentures hit against each other or your other teeth.
For a more permanent solution to chipped, broken or missing teeth, there are dental bridges. These are a more practical option if you need to replace more teeth. Dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is attached to the nearby dental crowns and the mouth. Although they are permanent, they do not require surgery. Plus, they can last for up to 15 years. On the downside, dentists may sometimes need to remove part of the adjacent teeth to accommodate the bridge.
Implants are the way to go if you wish to have artificial teeth that look, feel and function like regular teeth. The artificial teeth are attached onto the jaw using titanium posts. Patients need to undergo surgery to attach the teeth. Compared to other dental restorations, these last the longest with a span of at least 25 years. As implants are stronger, more durable and look better than other forms of dental restorations, they will cost you more. They also take more time.
Traditional methods of attaching implants may take several months. Five months is the quickest when it comes to the lower jaw. For the upper jaw, it may take two months longer. This is the amount of time it takes to perform the surgery and place the implant-supported bridge inside the mouth. If building up the jaw bone is needed, the process can take up to a year or more.
You will need to visit a dentist to find out what kind of dental work needs to be done on your mouth. The dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth to determine the best option for your case.
Visit, call or send an email to our office today if you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Shreveport’s dentist Dr. Ben Kacos. Our dental staff are ready to answer all of your queries and concerns.