Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between dental implants and partial dentures?

For people who deal with the undue stress caused by missing teeth, it may be difficult to enjoy things many take for granted, like smiling at a friend or eating a favorite food. Luckily, there’s no reason to avoid social situations or refuse a beloved meal again. There are options available to replace several missing teeth, including full-arch dental implant supported teeth and removable bridges. Both bridges and implants look just like real teeth and can make eating and smiling a part of life again. Although each method of tooth replacement may have a similar outcome, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider.

What are the pros and cons of dental implants?

Full-arch dental implants are an aesthetically appealing, long-term tooth replacement option. They are especially tailored to those who are missing numerous teeth and struggle with chewing and self-esteem issues. Full-arch dental implants consist of a whole row of teeth, which sets them apart from individual tooth implants. This method requires fewer implants to support the whole row of teeth (usually six on top and five on the bottom). Instead of using existing teeth to secure the replacement teeth (like with partials), full-arch implants become part of the jaw, which ensures both natural appearance and use.

Although improved aesthetic and use are highlights of full-arch implants, there are also possible health benefits that some wearers have seen. Because implants act as natural teeth and help stabilize the area, they can prevent jawbone density loss. In addition, the securely attached implants promote normal function of the joints, nerves and muscles of the jaw, meaning regular activities like chewing, laughing, speaking and smiling will look and feel natural.

What are the pros and cons of dental bridges?

Dental bridges, also called partial dentures, have been a tooth replacement option for many years. Although they do somewhat replicate the look of real teeth, there are also some limitations. Bridges use a metal framework attached to gum-colored plastic to hold teeth in place and are chosen when several intact teeth remain in the jaw. The bridge is then anchored, or clipped, to those teeth to help them keep their position and maintain the jawline.

Which option is right for you? 

When deciding on a tooth replacement option, it’s important to consider your individual situation, including lifestyle and budget. Bridges are often considered an affordable option, but can end up costly in the long run.

A dental bridge’s fit can change due to decay and a poor original fitting. An ill-fitting bridge can cause many problems including discomfort, poor appearance and bacteria build up. These issues can lead to having to replace the bridge, which significantly adds to the overall cost.

Full-arch dental implants are a more permanent option that acts effortlessly as natural teeth. This not only ensures greater comfort and longevity, but also makes the jaw function normally. As expected, reliability and comfort can come with a higher upfront cost, but it can level out over the life of the implants. When deciding which type of tooth replacement is right, it is important to consider all the pros and cons, as some candidates are better than others for full-arch implants.

Esteem implants can help

Having a full mouth of natural-looking teeth can make a tremendous difference in improving your self-esteem and enjoyment while eating or socializing. When you’re ready for a permanent solution that will put a lasting smile on your face, Esteem Dental Implants will transform your life. Schedule a consultation with an Esteem doctor near you to see if implants are the right choice for you.