Many people are only familiar with one option for replacing missing teeth, a denture. While dentures are still a tried and true method of restoring your smile, there are many other options to consider. To determine the best tooth restoration for you, it is important to familiarize yourself with the advantages of each method to replace missing teeth in Birmingham, AL.
A full denture is a prosthetic, created to look like teeth. Today’s dentures look more natural than ever, though they are removable and therefore still lack stability. They are typically held in place with an adhesive, either paste or glue, and are removed each night. Affordability is one of the greatest advantages of this method. However, denture wearers often complain of slipping or shifting dentures, as well as irritation of the gum tissue.
Often called the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are designed to replicate the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth. An implant post serves as a tooth root, extending into the jaw for permanence and stability. This has the added benefit of stimulating the jaw, which preserves bone health. The post, however, is not visible. Only the custom crown that is secured to the post can be seen. Advantages of this method include stability, comfort, and convenience. This permanently replaces missing teeth, protects bone density, and can last a lifetime with proper care.
All-on-4® Dental Implants
Sometimes called implant supported dentures, the All-on-4 method combines the best aspects of dentures and implants. With All-on-4, your missing teeth are replaced by a custom prosthetic, secured in place with dental implants. Your periodontist can strategically place four implants, which will serve as the foundation for the dentures. Patients report that All-on-4 restores missing teeth with more comfort and stability than traditional dentures while being more affordable than traditional dental implants. All-on-4 retains the ability to protect bone health as well.
To find out whether you are a good candidate for the All-on-4 method of replacing missing teeth, call our office today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leigh W. Kent. Dr. Kent is an experienced periodontist who can help restore missing teeth in Birmingham, AL, with implant dentistry.
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