A number of treatment options are available to most patients who have lost teeth (known as edentulous patients). In implant dentistry, like other aspects of medicine and dentistry, treatment begins with a diagnosis of the patient’s condition. Many treatment options can stem from the diagnostic information that is then discussed and decided upon by both patient and dentist.
Traditional dentistry provides limited treatment options for the edentulous (tooth loss) patient because the dentist cannot add abutments (supporting structure), the restoration design is directly related to the existing oral condition of the patient.
On the other hand, implant dentistry can provide a range of additional treatment options. Bone augmentation may further modify the existing edentulous condition in both the partial and total edentulous arch and therefore also affects the final prosthetic design.
Once the diagnosis is complete, the implant treatment plan of choice at a particular moment is patient and problem-based. As with almost all man-made creations, whether art, building or dental prostheses, the end result must be pre-visualized and precisely planned for optimal results. Just as blueprints indicate the finest details for buildings, the end results in dentistry should be clearly identified before the treatment begins. Historically in implant dentistry, bone available for implant insertion dictated the number and locations of dental implants. The prosthesis then was often determined after the position and number of implants were selected.
Why do I need dental implants?
The goals of implant dentistry are to replace a patient’s missing teeth to normal contour, comfort, function, esthetics, speech, and health, regardless of the previous atrophy, disease, or injury of the anatomic system comprising teeth, jaws, and associated soft tissues. It is the final restoration, not the implants, that accomplish these goals.
In other words, patients are missing teeth, not implants. To satisfy predictably a patient’s needs and desires, the prosthesis should first be designed just as a building is foreseen by the architect. The final restoration is first planned before the foundation is created. Only after this is accomplished can the abutments necessary to support the specific predetermined restoration be designed so that the final result will be satisfactory and functional.
While a removable implant-supported prosthesis can be a more affordable than a fixed option, there are disadvantages to consider. The main disadvantage to a removable implant-supported prosthesis is that this choice is less like natural teeth than fixed options. Removable implant-supported options that are partially tissue-supported also are susceptible to bone loss in the tissue-supported areas and the inherent problems associated with any bone loss.
Here are some other advantages and disadvantages of various prosthetic options that are worth careful consideration by patients considering prosthetic procedures.
What are denture Advantages?
- Dentures are less costly than implants.
- Many people choose to start with dentures. Since they are less expensive a patient may try them out.
- If you have just had teeth removed recently, starting with dentures will allow your body time to heal before considering implants as an option.
- Depending on the location of your missing teeth, dentures may be a viable solution.
- The process to create the dentures is non-invasive. No surgery required.
- If additional teeth are lost in the future, dentures can be modified to accommodate the loss.
What are dentures disadvantages?
- They do not quite look as natural as implants.
- They must be removed and thoroughly cleaned regularly. Many patients find the cleaning of cups and adhesives undesirable.
- Dentures are not worn overnight.
- Sometimes dentures slip around making it difficult to speak and eat.
- Certain foods cannot be eaten with dentures. Examples include caramel, apples, and corn on the cob.
- There’s an increased risk of gum disease if food is trapped by the dentures.
- They frequently need replacement (every 3 to 6 years compared to 20 or more years for dental implants). Also, they’ll break if dropped, requiring replacement.
- Partial dentures are known to weaken the adjacent natural teeth that provide support for the dentures.
What are Dental Implants advantages?
- They’re easy to care for with normal oral hygiene routines. Just brush and floss as you do your natural teeth.
- Implants look and feel like natural teeth since the root and tooth is replaced.
- Implants allow you to eat any food including things that are sticky and crunchy.
- Dental implants don’t affect speech like dentures may.
- Bones and adjacent teeth are preserved. Further deterioration is not a problem. They’re less likely to require future dental procedures that dentures.
- With proper care, dental implants will last for decades.
What are Disadvantages of Implants?
- They cost more than dentures (cost effective after about seven years).
- Surgical procedure(s) is required to install them
We are here to help you decide whether implants are right for you. Omega Dental Specialists Houston practitioners are here to help you decide if dental implants are a choice you may wish to make. We accept most insurance plans and we offer services to allow our patients to finance their treatment with third-party lenders. Please visit our special page for occasional special deals.
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With our variety of dental specialists under one roof, Omega Dental Specialists Houston provides patients with treatment options for any potential need. Our dedicated staff is experienced in several specialty divisions, including Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry (Pedodontics), Dental Implants and Orthodontics, and our technologically advanced office is equipped with some of the most modern instruments and machinery available in dentistry today. We are open seven days a week to help you to take care of your oral health even if you have a busy schedule. Our staff can help arrange a free consultation today.