The next step is to read through this side-by-side comparison of the three most popular treatment options for replacing teeth: dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
This information is intended to help our patients decide which replacement option might work best. All names have been modified to protect the privacy of our patients.
Steve is a 60-year-old male patient who replaced his missing teeth with removable dentures. Steve chose dentures because he lost half of his upper arch of teeth in a bicycle accident.
Steve’s tooth replacement selection consists of an arch of replacement teeth anchored into a base of moldable plastic that matches his gum tissue.
Dentures are a great tooth replacement option for patients who:
Although Steve enjoys his new smile, he admits that there are a few disadvantages to dentures:
Carmen is a 34-year-old female patient who chose a dental bridge as her tooth restoration option. She was missing two front teeth, so the bridge was permanently attached to her surrounding teeth.
Once her procedure was initiated, her adjacent natural teeth were filed down to provide space for the two replacement teeth. To get started, her natural teeth needed to be free from decay and structurally sound.
Carmen did a lot of comparison shopping before she made her tooth replacement selection. She chose this treatment because:
According to Carmen, there are a few downsides to her bridge:
Norman is a 57-year-old male patient with several teeth missing after suffering from issues with gum disease when he was younger. After doing research on his treatment options, he discovered that dental implants were the gold standard of care for tooth replacement.
His restoration was based upon a foundation of titanium roots that were permanently connected to his jawbone. Once this part healed, the pieces fused with his jawbone to create a strong and permanent anchor for his natural-looking replacement teeth.
Norman loves his dental implants because:
There aren’t many, but dental implants do have a few potential drawbacks:
However, on the whole, Norman loves his treatment choice and insists that he only wishes he had gotten dental implants sooner.
It’s highly recommended to use cleaning solutions without chemicals or bleach in order to avoid permanently damaging your dentures. Keeping healthy oral habits can help avoid stains to your dentures. In the event of damage to your dentures, it’s important that you do not try to fix them yourself. Keep them stored in a safe and clean place until Dr. Kosinski can see you.
We offer safe sedation methods including oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation, which allows patients to remain fully relaxed and pain-free during their treatment with us. If you experience more discomfort than anticipated, please let us know so that we can make immediate adjustments to ensure your comfort.
Here at SmileCreator of Bingham Farms, we enjoy helping patients restore their self-esteem with attractive and functional dental implants. Your healthy smile is our first priority! Our staff is ready and proud to serve our Bingham Farms and Beverly Hills, MI community by turning your dream smile into a reality.
If you’d like to know more about dental implant candidacy or your payment options, give us a call at (248) 251-0795 to speak to a friendly staff member. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kosinski.
Dr. Timothy Kosinski
31000 Telegraph Rd. #170
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Monday: 8:30AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 3PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 4PM