Once more, we say goodbye to the old and hello to the new year! With 2020 in our past, we can look forward to the new great things in the future. If your smile caused you discomfort or suffering in 2020, let 2021 be the year you take care of your teeth and smile again with confidence! With dental prosthetics, you can bring in the new year with a new feeling of confidence and a new smile that will last forever!
Four types of dental prosthetics:
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns, also known as caps, are meant to cover a decayed or damaged tooth into a fixed position, increasing the stability and alignment of the tooth while keeping the natural tooth in place.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are metal structures in which artificial teeth can be fastened to the jaw. Implants can come in singles, a bridge, or a full arch of teeth.
- Dentures: Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that can come in two forms: full sets of dentures or a partial set of dentures.
- Veneers: Veneers are permanent tooth coverings made of thin resin or porcelain that can correct stained or chipped teeth.
There are many great reasons to get dental prosthetics. Dental prosthetics provide a long-term solution for a variety of dental conditions instead of a short-term, temporary solution that will need to be addressed in the future. They also last longer than temporary fixes. For a one-time cost instead of multiple hefty dental charges, you can have a beautiful smile without stressing your pocketbook over time.
Dental implants help prevent bone loss from missing teeth by putting force onto the jaw just like a normal tooth would, preventing the reabsorption of bone tissue.
An improvement in dental technology has made dental prosthetics look and feel as real as the patient’s natural teeth. Whether they need to match the size, shape, and color of surrounding teeth or look like their former smile, dental prosthetics can do just that. In the same way that they can be made to look like natural teeth, they can also be made to be as easy to eat with as natural teeth. Gone are the days of avoiding hard-to-eat food because of your teeth! Lastly, they are extremely easy to take care of. Just engage in your normal oral routine, such as brushing and flossing after meals.
Cons of Dental Prosthetics
As with any medical procedure, there are some downsides to getting dental implants. You must meet strict requirements in order to be a recipient of dental implants. You must have one or more teeth missing, have a fully developed jaw, have enough bone structure to secure the implants, have healthy oral tissue, and do not have any bone diseases that may affect the bone healing. The process of implantation is also a lengthy one. There will be several visits and procedures done, with time in between to allow for adequate healing. The cost can also be off-putting to some patients. Because it is a long-term solution, the price is high upfront. However, in the long run, the price of the implant will be worth the investment. Lastly, the implants have a small chance of failing, as your body can reject the implants. However, this reaction is rare, and the implants can be replaced even if this does happen.
Overall, dental implants are a great option if you are looking to restore your teeth to their former glory or if you want to replace them with newer ones. Though they can be costly and invasive, the permanent quality of these implants will last for a long time and give you a smile you can show off for years to come! Bring in 2021 with a rejuvenated smile by considering dental implants! Contact Maestri Family Dentistry for more information today.