How Do Regular Implants Differ From Plate Dentures?

With all the technology that is available to dentists and periodontists today, it has become clear that plate dentures and bridges should rarely be the first choice of a person who has lost one or more teeth. According to Dr. Ann Hammi Blue of Blue Periodontics and Implants in Phoenix, dental implants are a fantastic option to replace missing teeth – far better than dentures or fixed bridges.

Dr. Blue explains that there are different types of usages for dental implants in Phoenix. The specific type of implant that a patient gets will be largely determined based upon what the implant is being used for.

Dental implants in Phoenix that are used to replace missing teeth are indicated for use in any area of the mouth where a patient is missing teeth. The benefit of this, as compared to a plate denture or bridge, is that a periodontist can replace missing teeth without cutting down any of the adjacent teeth. Cutting down adjacent teeth is required in order to place a conventional fixed bridge. Implants are also an excellent choice in cases where the tooth that is lost is the last tooth in the mouth. In those cases, a bridge would not be a possibility.

Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures.  The dentures actually “snap” onto the implants and allow the patient to chew without the dentures moving around.  The implants also keep the bone from dissolving, which is a negative effect of losing teeth when implants are not used.

Another common  usage of implants is with  dentures,  called hybrid dentures. Hybrid dentures are used to create a framework in order to provide support without compromising on aesthetics. Hybrid dentures fall somewhere in between dentures and having fixed work.

Dental implants these days can be indicated for many different reasons, and Dr. Blue says the types of results that patients can get from dental implants are absolutely wonderful. Anyone with one or more missing teeth should consider implants as a way to restore their chewing function and improve their aesthetics without harming any adjacent teeth.

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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