Dr. Leonard Spector explains why dental implants offer a more comfortable experience over removable appliances and fixed bridges to replace missing teeth.
Before dental implants, patients had to tolerate removable appliances or fixed bridges, both of which were hard to clean. With regard to removable appliances, patients used to have to tolerate a loose-fitting denture. It was common for food to get trapped under their dentures during meals and the aesthetics did not look natural. However, dental implants have offered options that were not available to patients previously regarding permanent tooth replacements.
We use implants now in many different ways to help retain dentures or to give patients their fixed teeth without having to use a removable appliance.
Dental implants have allowed us to make this change, because before dental implants we were very limited in our choices. You either had to get by with a removable denture or a fixed bridge, and a fixed bridge involved many times having to cut down natural teeth to use those teeth to help bridge the fake teeth between the natural teeth. Many of these teeth then required root canals or would get decayed over time with their bridge work in place, and with bridges, there were always challenges keeping them clean. Also, the implants have allowed us a much more natural look regarding using bridgework.
As time has passed, dental implants have become more mainstream. Implant dentistry is what patients are seeking out now. Many patients will come to our office with that specific request. They want something that not only looks natural but will replace a removable appliance, or will replace a bridge that they have had for many. The dental implants have allowed us to replace these missing teeth with essentially permanent teeth replacements.
If you are interested in exploring your options with dental implants, please contact us at your earliest convenience by phone or e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an informational consultation and answer all of your questions.
Dr. Leonard Spector