Do you know anyone who wore ill-fitting dentures? Did they take them out at the wrong moments, embarrassing you and everyone else around you? And, did they make weird sucking sounds keeping the dentures in place? Was that the best solution available to them?!
Missing teeth can have a negative impact on a person’s ability to do everyday things like chewing food, talking, and even smiling. With today’s advanced dental technologies, I have many different ways to address these issues far better than what poor grandma had to endure.
Better Denture Options
Two of the most common solutions for missing teeth are dentures and dental implants.
Dentures are “false” teeth that are often made of porcelain, acrylic, or cast metal. They fit into spaces where teeth have either been lost of extracted. But these aren’t your grandma’s dentures; they are better fitting and more natural looking than ever before.
My services include four types of dentures: removable dentures supported by implants (overdentures); fixed dentures supported by implants (All-on-4® procedure); removable full dentures; and removable partial dentures.
Dental implants are an alternative solution for patients who do not wish to wear removable dentures or for those who can no longer wear them. Made of titanium, the dental implant itself acts as an artificial root for your replacement tooth. They are a permanent solution that poses no risk of moving or dislodging, yet they look or feel more like a natural tooth.
My services include three types of dental implant restorations: implant retained fixed dentures (All-on-4® procedure); implants crowns; and implants bridgework.
Dentures and Dental Implants Cons
Both offer perfect solutions for many of my patients. Having a great smile and functional teeth are definitely the pluses.
As with any major dental procedure, I am often asked about the downside:
- Dentures may cause some difficulty with eating and speaking, especially at first, and they require ongoing cleaning and maintenance. Also, it’s important to understand that since dentures have a lifespan of five to seven years, they require periodic replacements.
- Dental Implants are not recommended for patients with weak or unsuitable gums or jaws. Like all surgical procedures, dental implants carry the risk of complications such as excessive bleeding, nerve trauma, post-operative pain and rejections
Learn more about Dentures and Dental Implants
What’s the right procedure for you? I encourage patients to call my office at 786-542-1071, or visit our website, barskydds.com to request more information or schedule an appointment.
Dr. Todd Barsky
7600 S. Red Road, Suite 116