Partial dentures are sometimes used to replace missing teeth. However, this temporary solution has many disadvantages versus other tooth replacement options. Did you know that at the end of five years, only forty percent of partial denture wearers are still wearing the partial denture made for them? Of those still wearing partial dentures, fifty percent of them chew better without it. What is worse is the fact that all those patients who are still wearing partial dentures are losing bone. Partial dentures exert pressure on the gum and bone causing bone loss; bone loss makes the partial denture more difficult to wear.
So what is the solution? Some patients are forced to wear partial dentures because they are a more cost-effective solution to missing teeth. However, by spending a little bit more money, you can get a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth that does not cause bone loss and allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth. That solution is dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetic screws that can be placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots. Once they have fused with the jaw, they provide a secure anchor in which to attach replacement teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
When considering whether to go with partial dentures versus dental implants, one must consider much more than simply the cost. You must also take into consideration the increased health benefits as well as the improved quality of life that dental implants have to offer. For more information about partial dentures and bone loss, please schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon today.