Today’s dental patients enjoy advanced options for replacing missing teeth that can provide a comfortable, functional new smile. At Creekside Dentistry in Amherst, NY, Dr. Karl Neuhaus takes the time to meet with patients, discuss their concerns and educate them on the option most suited to their unique dental health needs.
Although there are important factors to consider when choosing treatment for missing teeth, including the state of your oral and overall health, your cosmetic goals, and financial concerns. During an initial consultation, Dr. Neuhaus will thoroughly evaluate your dental health and medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for various options. Whenever possible, dental implants are recommended over removable appliances for a lasting, natural-looking result. Dental implants also offer long-term benefits for dental health when compared to dental bridges and dentures.
Dental Implants vs Dentures vs Dental Bridges: What To Consider
- Health and bone structure – Only patients in good health, with good bone structure will be candidates for dental implants. In some cases, bone grafting procedures can be complete if additional support is needed. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge or denture may be the best solution.
- Cost – While the cost of a dental bridge or denture may be more affordable in the short term, dental implants typically provide a better long term solution and are less likely to need repair or replacement in the future.
- Stable restoration – Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth. The dental implant is anchored to the bone, allowing the patient to enjoy a varied diet, brush and floss normally, and have unaffected speech. While the dental bridge or denture itself is extremely durable, the concern is for the health of neighboring teeth and the gums. If one of the anchor teeth for a bridge fails or needs dental work, it compromises the entire dental bridge.
- Procedure and recovery – Dental implant surgery is a relatively comfortable and quick procedure completed in the comfort of our Amherst dental office.
Implant Secured Dentures and Bridges
Dr. Neuhaus offers implant-supported dentures for a permanent and secure result when replacing all of the upper or lower teeth. Using as few as four strategically placed dental implants, a cosmetic hybrid denture can be attached for a stable, comfortable smile. Dental implants help to reduce bone loss in the jaw, a common side effect of tooth loss, and enable patients to enjoy improved dental health. An implant secured denture does not require daily cleaning and adhesives and allows patients to enjoy their best quality of life.
A dental bridge can also be permanently secured with dental implants, alleviating the need to remove structure from neighboring teeth to attach the appliance. The result is a comfortable, stable restoration that blends with your natural smile and does not require daily maintenance.