Everyone wants a full, beautiful smile, but it can be difficult for people with missing teeth to find the right solution. Patients have multiple options to restore teeth and rebuild dental function, falling under two branches: implant-supported, and traditional. Each offers unique benefits, replacing teeth and helping people regain dental function. Dennis T. Nagata, DDS provides implant-supported and traditional restorations, matching their treatment to individual needs.
These restorations, including crowns, bridges, and overdentures, are permanently affixed to the smile with dental implants. Implants are surgically place in the jaw bone and fuse to oral tissues through a natural process called osseointegration. They are designed to last a lifetime and give back a similar support that natural tooth roots provide. Implant-supported restorations offer multiple benefits for individuals that can receive them, some being:
• Permanent tooth Replacement
• Restored Jaw Bone Strength
• Custom Implant Placement
Implant restorations may not be the right solution for everyone, for they are costly and not all individuals have enough supporting bone tissues. Fortunately, patients can receive pre-operative procedures, such as bone grafts or sinus augmentation to improve bone strength, permitting many patients to turn to implants as a viable option.
Bridges, partials, and dentures remain a reliable way to replace missing teeth and are still used by dentists today. Bridges use existing teeth as anchors, requiring minimal preparation of anchor teeth to support the restoration. Partials and dentures, depending on your smile, use dental adhesive, a metal framework, or suction to stay in place. Some benefits include:
• Affordable Cost
• Easy to Repair
• All Patients are Candidates
Similar to dental implants restorations, traditional ones come with their own downsides as well. For patients to receive bridges, existing teeth must be worn down to provide the proper shape and support. Partials and dentures can fall out and have to be resized and relined over time. Dentures made for your upper arches cover the palate, limiting the wearer’s ability to taste.
How do I choose the Right Option?
Every patient needs to be aware of the pros and cons of their dental treatment options. Dennis T. Nagata, DDS, helps Honolulu patients make the right choice for their smile. Our practice is passionate about giving patients tailored treatments to rebuild healthy oral function. If you’re interested in receiving implant-supported or traditional restorations, call our practice today.