There are a few options out there to replace your missing teeth. The real question is, what is the best option?
- Dental Implants – THE NEXT BEST THING TO NATURAL TEETH! A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is surgically placed and fused with the jawbone. They can be placed to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or a full jaw. The most common full jaw implants are called all-on-4, meaning 4 dental implants in the jaw. For more stability, 6 implants is highly recommended. Dental implants provide the look and feel of natural teeth and last for years, if not decades, without much need for repair or replacement. Although it is a higher cost upfront, dental implants save you money in the long run compared to dentures, which may need to be replaced multiple times.
- Removable Partial or Complete Denture – A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth for a small section of missing teeth, whereas complete dentures are for a full jaw. While a removable denture is great for chewing and aesthetic appeal, they are far less durable than dental implants and can become uncomfortable when worn for an extended amount of time. There’s also the negative hassle of having to remove and put them back in everyday, and they require multiple trips to the dentist.
- Snap-On Dentures – Snap-on dentures are anchored to multiple implant posts and therefore does not slip or slide in place while eating and speaking, like regular dentures. However, the snapping on and off of these dentures is not good for the health of your gums or bones over time.
Contact Center for Implant Dentistry at 510-574-0496 for more information on why dental implant treatment may be the best option if your goal is to replace missing teeth.