Washington D.C. dentist, Dr. Andrew C. Cobb understands the embarrassment and anxiety that often comes with losing your teeth. He offers a wide range of options for replacing missing teeth including dental implants and dentures. For many patients, dental implants provide the best long term results for both esthetic and health reasons.
Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Dr. Cobb works with the leading oral surgeons and periodontists in the District of Columbia area to ensure proper placement of the dental implant. He will then use that to attach a restoration whether it is a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
Dental implants are recommended for missing teeth over removable appliances because they last longer and have more natural looking result. Dental implants also offer long term benefits for dental health when compared to dentures as well as dental bridges.
Dr. Cobb offers options for replacing missing teeth using dentures, partials and implant-supported dentures. Dentures are custom made artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue. They are not permanent meaning you can remove them and put them back in when needed. Full dentures are used to replace a whole row of missing teeth. Partial dentures are used to replace gaps of missing teeth. They are made in a dental lab with impressions of your mouth. Dentures take some time to get used and require a lot of care. Dentures will also need replaced or adjusted over time.
Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants up front, especially if you are replacing multiple missing teeth. But dentures will also need replaced, realigned, or rebased over time. This cost can add up depending on the wear and tear. Dental implants cost more but are a permanent solution. If cared for properly, they will last forever.
Another thing to consider is dental insurance will typically cover between 15% and 50% of dentures depending on your dental plan. Since dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure, dental insurance will not cover them, leaving you to pay the full cost. You must check with your dental insurance provider to see if they cover a portion of the implant crown, bridge or denture.
Fit and Function
A face without teeth will appear sunken and can add years to your appearance. Both dentures and dental implants will help keep the natural shape of your face and lower jaw area. With dentures, you may need to apply a gooey adhesive every time you wear them to hold them in your mouth. With Dental implants, you won’t need to do this extra step because they are surgically implanted and can be treated like a normal tooth. Also, dentures may be a bit uncomfortable because they may cover a large portion of your mouth with plastic depending on the type of dentures you need. They may feel weird in your mouth and take some time to get used to because they are bulky.
Dentures will deliver about a 30-40% normal chewing function. Dental implants in Washington DC will deliver a 100% normal chewing function. The constant worry that your teeth may fall out while eating is not an issue with dental implants. Oftentimes, dentures may slip around or may not fit correctly leaving you with the worry of falling out.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that void can cause bone loss and deterioration in your jawbone. Washington D.C. dentist, Dr. Cobb will recommend dental implants over dentures because they are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss.