It may have been a bike accident when you were 14. Maybe it was a bar fight when you were 22. Perhaps you had a car accident when you were 30. Or it may have been a combination of bad genetics and bad luck that caused you to lose one or more teeth. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that you miss those teeth. People who have never lost a tooth don’t realize just how much it affects your quality of life when you have one or more missing teeth. Fortunately, with modern dental technology, you now have better options than ever to get your teeth replaced. In this blog, our dental implants dentist in Sarasota will cover some of the factors you’ll want to consider if you’re planning to get dental implants or dentures.

Dentures

Dentures can come in many shapes and sizes, from a partial plate that fills in the gaps for one or more teeth, to complete dentures that replace the full set of teeth on either the top or the bottom (or both). Dentures are made to look extremely natural, and people may never guess that they weren’t your real teeth. However, dentures can also be extremely uncomfortable if the plate is not precisely the right shape and size for your palate. Dentures can also be prone to slipping, making speaking and eating more difficult.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the closest thing you can get to restoring the strength, functionality, and appearance of your natural teeth. A dental implant is composed of two separate pieces: a root and a crown.

  • The root: If you get a dental implant, your dentist will start by adding a titanium root directly into your jawbone. Your jawbone will actually grow around this root to solidify it and firmly plant it in place. In addition, the presence of the titanium root will actually have a beneficial effect on the amount of jawbone material your body continues to build in that area. Once a tooth gets lost, the jawbone material can start to “atrophy” or diminish, as the body doesn’t have a reason to continue to build bone material there. However, inserting a titanium root triggers the body to realize that normal bone-building activities should continue in that site. The dentist will usually leave the titanium root in place for several months before attaching a crown in order to give the bones a chance to solidly anchor the new root.
  • The crown: The dental implant crown is made to look exactly like a natural tooth. Your dentist will create a crown that is exactly the right size, shape, and color, ensuring that it fits properly in your bite profile. Once the crown is designed and created to perfection, it will be attached to the root by either cement or screws.

The advantage of dental implants is that they behave like a tooth. You don’t have to take them in and out, and they stay firmly anchored when you bite or chew.

If you are looking for dentures or implants in Sarasota, look no further than the dental office of Joshua Colkmire, DDS. We look forward to serving you! Schedule your appointment today.