Missing teeth need to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your oral health. Partial dentures and dental implants are two of your options for replacing a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Dental implants are the preferred choice for tooth replacement.
Partials are partial dentures. They are removable replacements for a missing tooth or missing teeth.
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. It replaces the missing tooth root. An artificial tooth is attached to the implant.
Replacing the tooth root preserves the underlying structure, preventing gum shrinkage, bone loss, and ultimately further tooth loss. It also preserves the beauty of your face.
A dental implant is the closest you can get to having your natural tooth back. It is durable, sturdy, and comfortable. It allows you to go about your daily activities as you normally would. You can chew and speak normally. It does not require special care. A dental implant never needs to be replaced.
Placement of dental implants is an extensive oral surgery procedure. The entire process takes several months. Once the process is complete, you no longer have to worry about your missing tooth or teeth.
Partials require less of an initial investment, but they require constant maintenance and they must be replaced on a regular basis as your mouth changes. While dental implants cost more initially, partials can be more expensive over time.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth and live in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area, please contact NOVA SurgiCare, PC Center for Oral & Facial Rejuvenation today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about your options.