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During the decision-making process of determining how best to restore your smile, you may be looking at the pros and cons of each potential treatment option. When comparing fixed bridges, dentures, and dental implants, you will likely find that each offers unique advantages and disadvantages along the way. At Oasis Family Dentistry, we want our patients to be 100% confident in their decision, no matter their choice. But when it comes to replacing missing teeth and meeting the needs of those who want greater stability, functionality, and permanence, the benefits of dental implants cannot be matched by any other solution. If you want to learn what makes this superior, restorative treatment stand out among the rest, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
As you navigate through your choices for tooth replacement, you will discover that a fixed bridge or dentures are the two most common options aside from dental implants. How do they differ from the titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone? Let’s take a look:
A fixed bridge uses the natural, healthy teeth on either side of the gap to anchor your bridge into place. When missing two or more consecutive teeth along an arch, we will prep these healthy teeth by filing them down so the prosthetic comfortably and properly fits. Once this is completed, we will take impressions of your smile and send them off to a lab where technicians will customize your bridge by fusing multiple dental crows based on the specified color, size, and shape. As soon as the bridge is complete, we will place it over your healthy teeth, which will allow the interior crowns to rest atop your gums.
If you are missing several teeth but they are not consecutive, or if you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you can choose between a partial or full denture. These non-invasive prosthetics require no surgical procedure and instead uses a gum-colored base and artificial teeth to replicate your smile. If you are needing a partial, your dentist in Woodinville will use metal clasps or clips to hold it in place. Should you require a full denture, your natural suction will keep it from slipping or falling out. You should know that most patients who opt for full dentures do choose to use a dental adhesive for added security.
With a better understanding of your alternative options and what they provide, it’s time to consider the benefits you’ll receive if you decide to go with dental implants. With so many satisfied patients, you will quickly see why this restorative solution is becoming more and more popular among individuals with missing teeth.