Suffering from tooth loss can be both damaging to your oral health and demoralizing for your self-esteem. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists provide the treatments that you need to feel great about your smile even after tooth loss. Today we are going to be discussing two of these treatment options—the denture and the dental implant.
Both dentures and dental implants can provide you with a functional smile that looks great. The exact treatment that is right for your is going to depend on your budget, aesthetic and functional goals, timeline, and other personal preferences.
These stand-alone replacement teeth can be used in a number of ways. You can, for example, use one dental implant to replace each tooth you are missing. Basically, our dental team will build a replacement tooth in the spot where your natural tooth used to sit. Alternatively, you can use dental implant roots to ground a dental prosthetic, like a denture.
No matter how you choose to use a dental implant, one thing will stay the same—you will have a titanium implant root embedded into your jawbone. This implant root replaces your natural tooth root. Then the titanium root can be capped with an individual restoration, or a larger prosthetic.
A denture is a dental prosthetic that replaces multiple missing teeth in a row. Traditional dentures are designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. Our dental team can also create dentures that are held permanently in place with dental implant roots. These dentures are grounded in the patient’s smile—they stay in place 24/7 and provide exceptional stability.
No matter what the current state of your smile, there are restorative dentistry options that can help you rebuild your oral health. Our O’Fallon dentists are happy to provide you with any additional information that you might need about dental treatment. Just give us a call to get started!