Partials versus Implants
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
Posted: July 25, 2012
If you have lost one tooth or a few teeth in one area, you have several options to replace those teeth, such as partial dentures and dental implants.
Partial dentures are the traditional method of replacing lost teeth. In fact, they date back to the Etruscans, starting in about 700 BCE. Historians are unsure whether the dentures made by Etruscans were functional, a debate that continues with modern dentures. Partials are a unit of artificial teeth set in cosmetic plastic gums. They sit in the area where you lost teeth, and are secured by a combination of wires and clasps on existing teeth, plus denture adhesive.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are more like your natural teeth. They are secured in your jawbone just like your natural tooth roots. They look and function just like natural teeth. They can be used to replace anything from one tooth to an entire arch.
Dental implants have many benefits over partials. First, because they are anchored in your jawbone and stimulate your jaw and gums, they prevent the resorption of the alveolar process (which is the part of the jawbone that supports your teeth) and the collapse of your gums. They are also not supported by connections to other teeth, which can cause wear, decay, and ultimately loss of other teeth. And because they are structured just like your natural teeth, they don’t require any additional or special care, just the normal brushing and flossing! They also won’t slip or click when you eat or talk, and they allow you to eat all your favorite foods.
Implant dentistry gives us a better form of tooth replacement than we have had in the past. To learn more about this technology, please contact Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles in Edmonton, Alberta for an appointment today.