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Coppell Dentist Discusses Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Missing Teeth and a Reduced Quality of Life

Whether you have lost a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or all your teeth, you know how much those missing teeth negatively impact your life. Gaps in your dental arches not only detract from the appearance of your smile, the lack of underlying structure can cause your lips and cheeks to sink inward, making your face look older and less healthy. You experience difficulty eating properly because you’re missing vital biting and chewing surfaces and your speech could sound slurred or lisped because your teeth actually play an important role in forming words. Finally, missing teeth pose serious health problems:

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dentures

Constructed of a blend of durable acrylics, modern dentures created by your Coppell prosthodontics expert, Dr. Heeje Lee, look incredibly realistic, are lightweight, and offer incomparable fit. Dr. Lee has special certification in prosthodontics and can create and adjust most full and partial dentures in his onsite lab. A more traditional way of replacing teeth, dentures allow you to return to normal activities almost immediately.

The Pros and Cons of Dentures

Although patients new to dentures generally require some time to adjust, full and partial dentures make eating a variety of foods pleasurable, they alleviate the speech problems caused by missing teeth, and they restore the structure to your facial muscles, making you look instantly younger and healthier. However, since dentures rest on top of your gums, the underlying bone tissue begins to deteriorate over time, necessitating occasional adjustments in the fit of your dentures.

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Simply put, dental implants are the future of dental restorations. Comprised of tiny, screw-like devices made from durable, biocompatible, medical-grade titanium, dental implants act just like the crown-and-root structure of a natural tooth. The dental implant procedure consists of two phases. During the implantation phase, Dr. Lee uses state-of-the-art 3D imaging to plan where the implants should go and then surgically inserts them into the jawbone. Once the implants have healed, a process that takes around 3-6 months, you return to Evergreen Dental for Dr. Lee to place your custom-fitted prosthetic.

The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures and traditional bridgework. Because dental implants take the place of missing tooth roots, they help maintain the health of the underlying bone tissue. Furthermore, dental implants never slip, slide, require adhesives, or have to be readjusted for fit. Also, you don’t have to adjust to wearing dental implants. From the moment Dr. Lee places your prosthetic, you can return to life speaking, eating, and smiling just like before. However, not all patients qualify for dental implant surgery. If you have compromised jawbone tissue and tissue grafting is not an option, you may want to opt for dentures or bridgework. Also, dental implants cost more than traditional prosthetics, so you will need to consider your budgetary needs when deciding how to restore your teeth.

Restorative Options for Dental Implants

During the restorative phase of dental implantation, Dr. Lee can place a number of prosthetics depending on your individual needs. Beautiful, highly realistic porcelain crowns offer a translucence unmatched by other dental prosthetics. For some patients, an implant-secured bridge may provide the solution they need. You can even secure partial or full dentures with implant and thus remove problems such as slipping or clicking.

How Do I Know Which Option is Best for Me?

Dr. Heeje Lee will base your treatment plan on several factors, including your general health, oral and bone health, lifestyle needs, and budgetary concerns. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee to discuss your options, call us at (972) 315-0811. Our Coppell dentist office provides service to patients from Lewisville, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Irving, and all surrounding communities.

Make Your Appointment Today

To experience the benefits of modern general dentistry and prosthodontics in Coppell, TX, contact Dr. Heeje Lee at (972) 315-0811. Evergreen Dental welcomes patients from Coppell, Lewisville, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Irving, and the nearby communities.