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Tooth Replacement Options: Implants, Dentures, Crowns, and Bridges

Updated: Mar 11





Dr. Sanders understands it's an emotional journey to be missing and replace teeth. From her helping her husband get dental implants to helping her other family members with dentures. One of the greatest moment of the day is when Dr. Sanders' patients smile again.


One of the greatest moment of the day is when Dr. Sanders' patients smile again.

When it comes to replacing missing or damaged teeth, patients have several options to consider, each with its own set of advantages such as materials, time commitments, costs, and potential medical risks.


Each options comes with its own set of advantages such as material strength, time commitments, costs, and potential medical risks.


Understanding these differences can help you make an informed decision about which option is best suited to your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Let's delve into the specifics of tooth implants, dentures, dental crowns, and bridges.



Tooth Implants





Many people think dental implants are an easy fix, but the truth is is takesa big time commitment, pretty major surgery that can involve Anastasia and bone grafts and there is risk of failure in older patients.


Many patients don't realize dental implants are often a "cash in quick" scheme by doctors who are not experienced enough to place them.

Many patients don't realize implants are often a "cash in quick" scheme by doctors are are not experienced. It's sad to say, but even Dr. Sanders husband had failed implants (not from her) and would not do it again, and Dr. Sanders has helped numerous patients who have had failed implants. However, with the right periodontist and oral surgeon and cosmetic dentist implants may be a great option.


However, with the right periodontist or oral surgeon and cosmetic dentist implants may be a great option.


Materials: Dental implants are typically made from titanium, a material known for its durability and biocompatibility, allowing it to fuse with bone over time.


Time Commitment: The process can take several months, as it requires the jawbone to heal around the implant before the crown can be placed.


Cost: Implants are generally the most expensive option due to the surgical procedure and materials used. Costs can vary widely but expect to invest significantly.


Medical Risks: While success rates are high, risks include infection, damage to other teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage, and sinus problems if implants in the upper jaw protrude into sinus cavities.


Dentures


Dentures are always a last option. We never want to remove teeth if we don;t need to. Losing teeth can affect the jaw bone, it can affect your ability to "feel" pain and pressure from the nerves in your teeth. Most importantly dentures are often a hard emotional journey as we learn to age.

Most importantly dentures are often a hard emotional journey as we learn to age.

When the time is right, Dr. Sanders may recommend a few options such as bridges, partials or full dentures. Many patients who wait too long, don't realize that not treating gum disease soon means Dr. Sanders may not be able to save as many teeth or put in a bridge. Many patients don't realize that well made dentures should rarely fall out and should rarely need any "bond"... A good dentist can fit a denture so well that it "rarely" needs any help staying. Except when you sneeze ... After patients see Dr. Sanders and finally make the leap, they often can't believe how much easier it is for them to eat again.


Many patients don't realize that well made dentures should rarely fall out and should rarely need any "bond"



Materials: Dentures can be made from various materials, including acrylic resin for the teeth and a flexible polymer or metal base.


Time Commitment: The process of getting dentures can be relatively quick, often taking a few weeks to a few months for complete or partial dentures.


Cost: Dentures are a more affordable option than implants but may need to be replaced every 5 to 8 years.


Medical Risks: Potential issues include irritation of the gums, problems eating or speaking, and the need for regular adjustments to ensure a proper fit.


Dental Crowns


Believe it or not, Dr. Sanders has helped people with "barely any teeth left" get a smile back by adding crowns. If you get the gum disease under control then you may be able to by yourself 10-20 years of smiling again. Many patients don't realize how important it is to have the "nerves" in their teeth so they can feel pressure and hot and cold. Many patients are surprised that even when teeth are ground down, sometimes to a nub, Dr. Sander's may be able to save them while still keeping your nerves feeling in your teeth (but not always).


Many patients are surprised that even when teeth are ground down, sometimes to a nub, Dr. Sander's may be able to save them while still keeping your feeling in your teeth

It may not be cheap, but it's less traumatic than dental implants and it saves the nerves and feeling in your mouth.




Materials: Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. Porcelain and ceramic offer a more natural appearance, while metal alloys are known for their strength.


Time Commitment: Getting a crown typically requires two visits: one to prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown, and another to fit the permanent crown.


Cost: The cost of crowns varies based on the material used and the tooth's location, with porcelain crowns generally being more expensive than metal.


Medical Risks: Risks include increased sensitivity, risk of decay if the crown doesn't fit perfectly, and the possibility of the crown becoming loose or falling out.


Dental Bridges and Partial Dentures


For patients on a budget or who have existing teeth, Dr. Sander's will always explore these options. We understand that not everyone can afford $5-$10k for implants and crowns. Although it important to understand, sometimes bridges require grinding down healthy teeth in order to "bond" the bridge which comes with its own set of medical concerns. Dr. Sander's may want to keep cost lower for you and also avoid damaging any more tooth.


It's important to understand, sometimes bridges require grinding down healthy teeth in order to "bond" the bridge which comes with its own set of medical concerns.


Materials: Like crowns, bridges can be made from porcelain, ceramics, or metal alloys, depending on the location and aesthetic requirements.


Time Commitment: The process usually requires two to three visits over a few weeks to prepare the anchoring teeth, fit the bridge, and make necessary adjustments.


Cost: Bridges typically cost less than implants but more than dentures. The price depends on the bridge's size and the materials used.


Medical Risks: Potential risks include damage to the teeth that serve as anchors for the bridge, decay under the bridge if not properly maintained, and the need for replacement if the bridge fails.


Making an Informed Choice


When choosing between implants, dentures, crowns, and bridges, consider not only the financial investment but also the time commitment, the expected lifespan of the solution, and how each option will affect your daily life.


There's a big marketing push out there right now to "sell you crowns" and "sell you dental implants" and it's important to be aware of the marketing gimmicks and get a second opinion.

It's essential to consult with a dental professional who can assess your specific situation and guide you through the decision-making process, taking into account your overall oral health, preferences, and financial considerations.


Ultimately, the right choice will depend on a balance of these factors, aiming to restore both the function and appearance of your teeth effectively within a budget that allows the patient to stay out of debt.


Ultimately, the right choice will depend on a balance of these factors, aiming to restore both the function and appearance of your teeth effectively within a budget that allows the patient to stay out of debt.



Dr. Sanders (Owner Dentist)

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