For Chambersburg patients who are missing teeth, there sometimes seems to be no end to the possible treatments they can get. Here at The Wagner Centre, we offer a variety of implant styles to choose from, but many patients may not understand how dental implants stand apart from traditional dentures or dental bridges. Read along to find out more.
Oftentimes in the past, the first reaction to a lost tooth would’ve been to get a partial denture. It could be made relatively quickly and be attached to the patient’s mouth to cover up the gap. But partial dentures eventually need replacement, and can sometimes become uncomfortable or ill-fitting over time. We’ve heard of patients accidentally throwing away their partials or misplacing them as well.
With dental implants the experience is much different. These implants are permanently placed in the jawbone, and don’t need to be clipped to adjacent teeth for support. The titanium fixture portion of the implant triggers a reaction in the jawbone that causes it to regenerate and form around the implant, as though it were a natural tooth. These keep the implants in place, and also protect them from getting food particles and bacteria stuck between the implants and the bone. You can learn more about the dental implant process.
Dental bridges (not to be confused with implant-supported bridges) are another common form of tooth replacement, and are comprised of three or more crowns that are fused together. The middle crown takes the place of the missing tooth, while the neighboring crowns are capped over the adjacent teeth next to the missing tooth area. This a relatively quicker way to cover up a gap in your smile, and can be polished to look just like the rest of your teeth. However, cleaning the bridge could be tricky, as there is no gap between the crowns to floss, and food particles could become trapped between the bridge and the gums.
When it comes to osseointegration and jawbone healing, dental implants reign supreme over bridges. Bridges can easily cover up that lost tooth, but they do little to heal the jawbone underneath. As a result, patients may still experience jawbone depletion in their facial structure. Dental implants work the opposite, triggering osseointegration so that the jawbone can heal and regenerate.
Traditional dentures can replace a full arch of teeth, but are removable and often need a dental adhesive to stay in place. These dentures also need to be cleaned on a daily basis, which some patients may find tedious after a while. Like partial dentures, full arch dentures also need eventual replacement, simply due to wear and tear from the constant removal. Many patients may feel that these traditional dentures are their only option when it comes to replacing an arch of teeth, but that’s no longer true.
Introducing, Full Arch Restorations: Dr. Wagner utilizes a hybrid design of full arch dentures and dental implants, in order to replace both arches of a patient’s smile. This hybrid restoration involves placing five implant fixtures on the bottom arch and six on the top, securing dentures in place to the fixtures. This way, patients get the best of both worlds: they can get the full coverage of full arch restorations, while also getting the healing benefits from implants.
There are quite a few options for patients to choose from, but if you’re curious to see if dental implants or full arch restorations are what you need, there’s no better person to ask than Dr. Rebecca Wagner. We also recommend that you explore which cosmetic treatments go well with dental implants. We are also more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, so don’t be shy and contact our Chambersburg practice.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Monday: 9AM – 3PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 2PM
Wednesday: 10AM – 6PM
Thursday: 10AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM