Andrew is a 37-year-old, male patient who opted for a bridge as his tooth restoration option. He was missing two teeth on the side of his mouth, so he felt like a dental bridge was a good option for his needs. To place the bridge, his adjacent teeth were filed down to provide space for the replacement teeth. Before the procedure, he was told that his natural teeth needed to be free from decay and structurally sound to ensure that his bridge would be strong and durable.
Andrew compared all of his options before he made his ultimate selection. After doing his research, he found that a bridge would be less expensive than options like dental implants. He also liked that no surgery was required, and the process was quicker than other treatments (it only took a week or so). Andrew also felt that a bridge would present less risk since parts can be easily replaced without pain or surgical efforts.
One of the biggest downsides to Andrew’s bridge was that the impact of the procedure is not reversible. Essentially, once your natural teeth are ground down for anchors to the bridge piece, they will never be the same again. Andrew’s dentist also let him know that because the structure of his tooth was ground down, he was at an increased risk for tooth decay and root canal treatment in the future.
Ann-Marie is 58-year-old, female patient who chose removable dentures as her tooth replacement option. Ann-Marie’s tooth replacement selection consists of a whole arch of replacement teeth anchored into a base of a plastic material that matches her gum color. Ann-Marie chose removable dentures because she lost most of her upper teeth and had no stable teeth to act as a bridge. Because her budget was limited, her insurance did not offer payment for dental implants, and she had so many teeth to replace that dental implants were not a good option.
According to Ann-Marie’s personal experience, dentures are a great option with a reasonable price. This option is also easy to get since most patients can get a set made in just a few weeks. This allows for quick restoration of chewing function without surgery or altering surrounding teeth. Ann-Marie also liked the fact that she didn’t need to have any complicated procedures done to alter her few remaining healthy teeth.
Although Ann-Marie enjoys the convenience of her dentures, she admits that her replacement teeth can be uncomfortable at times. She also feels that they also look less natural than other options. Additionally, she was told that dentures do not halt the process of deterioration that happens in the jawbone when teeth are missing for many years. This can ultimately result in a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. Ann-Marie also admits that she sometimes has problems speaking clearly and enjoying some of the foods she loves.
Albert is a 57-year-old male patient with two teeth missing after ongoing problems with tooth decay. After doing some internet research, he discovered that dental implants were a very popular option. The process consisted of a foundation of titanium tooth roots permanently connected to the jawbone. Once healed, these post pieces fuse with the jawbone to make for a strong and permanent anchor for natural-looking replacement teeth.
Last year, Albert underwent the final stages of his procedure and now has an amazing smile as a result. Albert loves his dental implants because they are permanent, they look natural, and they function just like real teeth. Additionally, this wonderful tooth replacement treatment is the only one that can reduce or eliminate jawbone deterioration, so Albert ‘s jaw muscles can stay strong and functional. He also loves that his dental implants need no extra dental hygiene steps and can be examined during his regular dental check-ups.
Although there are few, one of the drawbacks for dental implants is that they are not often covered by dental insurance. Dental implants also require multiple visits over the course of 3-6 months and sometimes supplementary procedures like bone grafts and tissue augmentation may be required. However, on the whole Albert loves his treatment and insists that he only wishes he had gotten dental implants sooner.
Here at Park Place Dental Centre, we love helping all our patients restore their confidence with attractive and functional dental implants. With decades of experience, we are ready to serve our Brampton, ON community by transforming less-than-perfect grins into healthy smiles. If you would like to know more about what high-quality dental implants can do for your smile or your payment options, please call us today for a dental implants consultation with Dr. Svoboda.
Dr. Emil Svoboda
110 Queen Street East
CAN L6V 1B1
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