Every smile is unique – when it comes to replacing seriously damaged or missing teeth, each patient requires a solution that addresses their specific health needs and goals. With this in mind, there are a number of factors to consider when weighing your restorative treatment options. Consider the following questions when choosing between different restorations:
Ideally, your restoration should last well into the future, contributing to the overall health and function of your smile. While some restorations offer immediate coverage, be sure to ask yourself what the long-term tradeoffs are. For example, while dentures provide patients with an almost immediate tooth replacement option, over time they must be replaced in order to maintain a dental function. In contrast, dental implants are designed to fully integrate with every part of the smile, creating a restoration that lasts a lifetime.
When weighing your restoration options, it’s also important to consider the aesthetic implications it might have on your smile. Ideally, your future restoration should precisely match the neighboring teeth, creating the appearance of a seamless smile. Unfortunately, poorly made dentures and partials can look unnatural against adjacent teeth, compromising the overall look of your smile. On the other hand, custom porcelain crowns, such as those used for implants and implant-supported bridges, are shade matched to blend in with your smile, leading to a beautiful, healthy-looking dentition.
Perhaps some of the most important factors to consider are the health benefits of your prospective treatment. Ultimately, patients need a restorative solution that improves the long-term health of the smile, rather than a short-term fix. For patients requiring tooth replacement, the health benefits of dental implants are considered second to none. As this treatment incorporates the jaw bone into treatment, patients enjoy stimulated bone regeneration, preserved facial features, and a significantly lowered risk of tooth loss and bone resorption.
Financing dental care is another important factor when considering restorations. However, rather than looking just at upfront costs, be sure to examine the long-term replacement and maintenance fees that may come with each procedure. For example, while dentures and bridges may have lower upfront costs than implants, frequent replacement and refitting fees can make the lifetime cost of these options on par with, or greater than, the upfront costs that come with dental implants. When considering the long-term health investment of implants, dentures and partials comparatively provide patients with less long-term value.
At Mesa Ridge Dental, our goal is to provide patients with the information they need to make the right decisions for their smile. To learn more about your restorative treatment options, contact our Fountain dentists today and learn more about our different options for replacing missing or damaged teeth in your smile.