If you’re living with missing teeth, odds are you’re having some degree of difficulty chewing, speaking, and maybe even smiling. Whether you choose dental implants, dentures, or a dental bridge, it’s important to know that any tooth replacement is better than none at all. Discover the benefits of each of the three popular restorative treatments and consider which is best for your needs.
In recent years, dental implants have become known as the gold standard for tooth replacements. They can accommodate one or more missing teeth and are the only restoration that prevents your jawbone from shrinking. Dental implants also provide the most realistic looking restorations and maximize your chewing and speaking power more than other options.
The most traditional solution to tooth loss is dentures, a set of prosthetic teeth that must be maintained and removed by the wearer each night. Advantages of dentures are that they can be completed quickly, and at a lower cost than dental implants. Even high-quality dentures must be removed daily, and they lack the natural feel and function of implants.
A dental bridge is designed to fill a gap in a patient’s mouth by using the surrounding teeth for support. A pontic is the part of the bridge that acts as the new replacement tooth. It looks just like one of your natural teeth and it enhances your ability to eat and speak. While a patient has to meet certain criteria for a bridge to be a viable option, it offers the advantages of affordability and a quick replacement for your tooth or teeth.
Living with missing teeth not only degrades your appearance – it can cause severe oral health problems over time. We use our teeth to bite and chew, but they also play a major role as placeholders within your mouth. When even one tooth goes missing, the others begin to crowd together and may shift positions. This can result in significant problems that jeopardize your ability to eat the foods you want and live without dental pain.
No matter which restoration you prefer, the first step is a consultation with Dr. Poovey. During your consultation, we’ll examine your teeth, listen to your concerns, and develop a treatment plan individualized to your specific needs. A fully-functional, natural-looking restoration is just a phone call away – contact us to schedule your consultation at our dental practice in Grand Junction, CO.
Dr. John P. Poovey
2412 Patterson Road #7
Grand Junction, CO
Monday: 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday: 7:30AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 7:30AM - 5PM
Thursday: 7:30AM - 5PM
Friday: 7:30AM - 4:30PM