Missing teeth can be very problematic for your mouth. While dentures were once the only possible solution, any good dentistin Bastrop, Texas, these days will suggest dental implants as a solid alternative too. Wondering which might be right for you? This quick guide can help.
Dentures These have long been considered the best way to handle missing teeth, and millions of people still swear by dentures each day. They’re a fairly affordable option, and you can even have them placed immediately after your teeth have been pulled to help with healing and make sure you don’t go for months without teeth. There are, however, some real drawbacks to dentures. Many complain about not getting the right fit when it comes to dentures, and that can mean difficulty speaking, chewing, or even living a normal life. The other real problem is that you have to go through a myriad of cleaning procedures night after night to make certain you don’t introduce infection into your mouth.
Implants In Bastrop, Texas, and nearly everywhere else in the U.S., many are turning to dental implants as the right solution to missing teeth, and with good reason. Implants are metal posts that are carefully placed into your jaw. Once they’re in position, replacement teeth can be added. Unlike dentures, they can’t slip or move within your mouth, and this can help alleviate sore spots and ridges. The adjacent teeth remain unaffected, and the appointment can take as little as an hour. Once the implant attached itself (typically within a few months), the tooth is placed. There are even one-step implants today to make the process much easier. The only real drawback is that the cost is quite high. Few insurance carriers cover the cost of implants, and an entire set of implants can run as much as $20,000. Many dentists, though, offer payment plans to help finance the procedure.
The Right Choice Not sure which might be right for you? It’s important to talk with your dentist about your options. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. You have to have fairly healthy gums, and you also need to have the level of bone necessary to make sure the implants can be anchored in the jaw. Those with bone loss may still be a candidate, but it can require added time to build up the bone. Additionally, you have to commit to taking special care of the implant as well as the gums that surround it. Dental visits on a regular basis are absolutely required for implant patients. Those who smoke or have chronic health conditions are not usually good implant candidates. In most cases, evaluation for implant surgery may take a team of dentists and doctors. They’ll have to look at your medical history as well as your mouth. You may have an x-ray as well as a CT scan to see if your mouth has the required elements for an implant.
The decision to go with implants over dentures can be a difficult one, but living without teeth just isn’t an option, so talk to your dentist about what’s right for you.
Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
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