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Implants


Even if you’re into the whole roughed-up hockey player look, it’s incredibly important to quickly replace a missing tooth in order to avoid bone structure complications and keep your remaining teeth healthy. Options include:


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Removable Denture

  • Removable appliance that fully or partially replaces teeth
  • Advantages:
    • No surgery involved
    • Least costly option
  • Disadvantages:
    • Doesn’t prevent tissue shrinkage and bone loss
    • Visible clasps which attach to adjacent teeth
    • Could hinder normal taste sensation

Bridge

  • Fixed prosthesis that partially replaces teeth
  • Teeth on either side of missing area are trimmed to create stumps
  • Prosthesis is joined onto both stumps
  • Advantages:
    • Evenly distributes bite force
    • Keeps remaining teeth in proper position
  • Disadvantages:
    • Difficult to maintain
    • Trimmed tooth’s nerve might become inflamed

Implant

  • Titanium root-shaped post that replaces natural root
  • Surgically placed into jawbone
  • Advantages:
    • Best reproduces natural dental structure
    • Longer-lasting
    • No special cleaning techniques required
    • Less costly in the long term
  • Disadvantages:
    • Higher initial cost
    • 3-6 month process

All on Four

  • All teeth supported on 4 dental implants
  • Complete rehabilitation of teeth
  • Advantages:
    • Complete arch restoration
    • Less costly in the long term
    • Only one surgery
    • Prevents further bone loss
  • Disadvantages:
    • Higher initial cost

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Removable Denture

  • Removable appliance that fully or partially replaces teeth
  • Advantages:
    • No surgery involved
    • Least costly option
  • Disadvantages:
    • Doesn’t prevent tissue shrinkage and bone loss
    • Visible clasps which attach to adjacent teeth
    • Could hinder normal taste sensation

Bridge

  • Fixed prosthesis that partially replaces teeth
  • Teeth on either side of missing area are trimmed to create stumps
  • Prosthesis is joined onto both stumps
  • Advantages:
    • Evenly distributes bite force
    • Keeps remaining teeth in proper position
  • Disadvantages:
    • Difficult to maintain
    • Trimmed tooth’s nerve might become inflamed

implant banner - couple smiling

Implant

  • Titanium root-shaped post that replaces natural root
  • Surgically placed into jawbone
  • Advantages:
    • Best reproduces natural dental structure
    • Longer-lasting
    • No special cleaning techniques required
    • Less costly in the long term
  • Disadvantages:
    • Higher initial cost
    • 3-6 month process

All on Four

  • All teeth supported on 4 dental implants
  • Complete rehabilitation of teeth
  • Advantages:
    • Complete arch restoration
    • Less costly in the long term
    • Only one surgery
    • Prevents further bone loss
  • Disadvantages:
    • Higher initial cost