Dental implants restore both aesthetics and function of your missing teeth, but not everyone is an ideal candidate to undergo this surgical procedure. You can always choose non-implant prostheses to avoid invasive surgery and the long healing periods it entails.
Dentures have been getting a bad rep lately because everyone thinks they are inferior to dental implants. The truth is high-quality dentures that are custom fitted to the specific parameters of your jawbone and teeth should give you good results. You can also opt for partial dentures if you are missing only a few teeth. Recent advancements in cosmetic dentistry make removable dentures a more viable prospect for individuals. Skilled dentists, such as Dr.Brian Saklofsky, DMD and , will ensure that your dentures stay securely in place. They will be custom designed to prevent any incompatibility issues with your jawbone structure and gum tissue. You'll need to visit a reputable dental practice, such as Lincoln Center Smiles to monitor your oral health as well as make any necessary adjustments. Removable dentures are generally very safe, as long as an expert installs them. However, a poor-fitting prosthesis could lead to inflammation and irritation because the denture could rub against sensitive gums leading to sore spots.
You may not need a dental implant for broken or chipped teeth. A much better and less invasive option is to use ceramic dental veneers. The main advantage of ceramic veneers is that they can treat minor cosmetic problems with your teeth, such as severe discoloration, chipping, and other forms of damage that are purely aesthetic. With that said, veneers will not repair your natural teeth. They will merely make your tooth 'whole' by covering chips and cracks.
Try to Preserve Your Natural Teeth as Much As Possible
For obvious reasons, nothing can match the natural look and feel of your real teeth, not even dental implants, as good as they are. This is why it is recommended to do all you can to protect your natural teeth. In some cases, you may be able to save a badly infected or damaged tooth from a tooth extraction with the help of a root canal. Thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry, most root canal treatments are painless. You could extend the life of your real tooth by about 10 to 15 years after undergoing a root canal treatment. You may also opt for a non-implant prosthesis, such as dental crowns, to significantly increase the lifespan of your real teeth. A dental crown is usually made from biocompatible materials that also happen to be durable, such as palladium and nickel. These crowns are long-lasting and can also withstand exposure to biting and chewing forces.
Which Non-Implant Prosthesis is Ideal for Me?
Every individual case is different and will require an expert prognosis. We recommend consulting with the experts at Lincoln Center Smiles for detailed guides and recommendations on what dental procedure is best for you. Contact our friendly staff by calling (971) 317-9499 and book your appointment today.