Tooth replacement is necessary for many reasons. Not only do missing teeth impact the appearance of the smile, but they do not allow the smile to function properly for eating and speaking. Additionally, patients who do not consider tooth replacement options may also experience the loss of natural bone through bone resorption. To combat this, Dr. Michael Westman encourages patients to consider their options for tooth replacement. Our practice offers dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Two commonly compared solutions include dentures and implants.
- Dentures – dentures come in two varieties, including partial dentures and full cosmetic dentures. Both are effective at replacing one or more teeth, and are often covered by most dental insurance policies to reduce overall cost. These restorations are removable and can be adjusted as needed to ensure proper fit and function.
- Dental implants – dental implants are restorations used to replace one or more teeth. They are made of titanium and are implanted into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery. These restorations help maintain bone structure of the jaw, ensuring better function and oral health.
In addition to being different tooth replacement options, both implants and dentures can be combined for the ultimate solution. Full dentures are held in place with natural suction or dental adhesives. Some patients still struggle to keep them in place. In situations such as this, Dr. Michael Westman may suggest the use of dental implants along with full dentures. Implant-supported, or implant-retained, dentures are a highly desirable option for these individuals. Several dental implants are inserted along the dental arch, and a more conservative full denture is made to snap into place with the implant abutments. This provides the best strength, durability, and function for patients, ensuring improved confidence especially in enjoying one’s favorite foods. This option is also available at our practice.
Discuss Tooth Replacement Options With Dr. Michael Westman Today
Racine, WI area patients are advised to connect with a dentist in their community to learn about ways to replace missing or extracted teeth. Call our facility at (262) 639-7000 to request a consultation appointment and learn more about dentures and dental implants.