Tooth Replacement Options in Elgin
Having many missing teeth can make daily tasks like eating and talking much more difficult than they need to be, which is why we love helping patients transform their smiles and their lives with our affordable tooth replacement services! Whether you need a few teeth replaced or a total smile makeover, our team at High Point Dentistry has you covered. To learn more about our teeth replacement options or schedule a consultation with our team, please get in touch with our front office!
How are All-on-4 implants different from dental implants and dentures?
A dental implant is used when a patient is missing a single tooth or several teeth. All-on-4 implants are implant-supported dentures that replace all of the teeth. Whereas dentures are typically secured to the top of the gums with a special adhesive, All-on-4 implants are dentures that attach to just four titanium implants in the gums. Dental implants are also not removable, while All-on-4 implants should be removed and cleaned every night.
What is the recovery time for All-on-4 implants?
All-on-4 implants are used to completely restore a patients’ smile, so the entire process will likely take a few months. Once the implants have been surgically implanted into the gums, they will need time to heal and fuse with the jawbone. However, All-on-4 implants are easier to eat with, so the adjustment period after you have your new implant-supported dentures should be shorter than with traditional dentures. Many patients find that the recovery time is well worth it to have a complete, fully functioning smile!
Which tooth replacement option is right for me?
If you are comparing several tooth replacement services and you are not sure which one will work best for your smile— don’t worry! Our experienced dental team would be more than happy to discuss your questions and concerns during your consultation. We understand that there is a lot to consider when researching different teeth replacement options, so we like to examine the patients smile and learn more about their unique oral health needs before making any recommendations.
Implants vs. Bridges
There are many choices to restore your smile! Implants and bridges happen to be two of many that we can custom-create to appear like natural teeth. The main difference is that a dental bridge relies on surrounding teeth to support the artificial tooth, whereas implants replace the root and crown of a missing tooth. Bridges are a cost-effective and less invasive way to replace missing teeth, but an implant can provide more stability. A consultation with our team can help you determine which is best for your smile.
Implant Supported Bridges
There are two types of bridges, removable and fixed. A removable bridge implies that you can take out and clean the appliance anytime. A fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist as it attaches to implants located in the jaw. While a removable bridge can help maintain the shape of your smile, a fixed bridge via implant provides a stronger structure that can handle normal biting force, offers bone preservation, and a more natural-looking appearance.