Living with missing teeth can be frustrating in many ways. You have to watch what you eat, and you may feel apprehensive about smiling. These problems are often compounded by multiple missing teeth. A visit to your periodontist may open up some options for you, including full arch dental implants and traditional dentures. Dr. Patrick T. Johnson of North Tampa Periodontics and Implant dentistry has had patients using both options, but which one is really better?
Considering the Full Arch
Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post into the gums and jawbone to securely hold a natural-looking crown in place. While a single implant can be used for a single tooth, when you are missing multiple teeth, you may want to go with the full arch. Dr. Johnson places two or more implants into the jawbone to support a full prosthodontic arch. The arch is held securely in place by the posts, which means you do not have to worry about slippage or bonding paste.
Understanding Traditional Options
Traditional dentures are custom made by taking an impression of your gums. The teeth are designed especially for you to sit on top of your gums. They can be held in place better using bonding strips or paste. These dentures are not designed to be worn all the time and should rest in a cleaning solution each night.
Choosing the Right One
Traditional dentures are prone to slip at times, and the gums and jaw deteriorate over time, meaning the dentures will not fit as well. Full arch dental implants prevent this by stimulating the jawbone with the implant posts and keeping the new teeth in place. If given the choice, implants may be the way to go as long as you are a suitable candidate.
Scheduling a Consultation Is the Way To Go
Before choosing a treatment option, schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson to determine which options are ideal for your situation. Contact our office today to make an appointment.