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Dental Implants or Dentures? Which One is Right for me?

Posted by Julie Berger on Sun, Jul 1, 2018 @ 12:07 PM


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When you lose teeth, you want them replaced soon. How to replace them can be a tricky decision! With the high cost of dental work, it's important to educate yourself on the options available. Let's take a look at the differences between dental implants and dentures.

Implants

A dental implant is a post which the dentist surgically implants into the jawbone. This post acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Many people find implants a good choice for replacing just one or two missing teeth. However, implants can also be used to replace several or even all teeth. Today it is often possible to remove teeth and place new, fixed teeth all on the same day. (TeethXpress)

Advantages of Implants

  • Once the implant is in your mouth, the replacement tooth can be treated like a normal tooth.
  • There are no food or drink restrictions.
  • Dental implants last a long time, often for the rest of the patient's life.
  • Implants are good for your dental health! They act like a normal tooth, protecting the teeth around them and stimulating the surrounding bone.
  • Implants help keep the jaw bone structure from melting away.

Disadvantages of Implants

  • Implants require some surgery.
  • The initial cost of the implants can be higher than other ways of replacing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are a removable appliance which replaces missing teeth. A partial denture replaces teeth where there are gaps, and the denture is anchored onto existing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw.

Advantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be made to look like the rest of your teeth. They are customized for your mouth.
  • Dentures are easily adjusted. If another tooth falls out, the denture can often be modified so it contains a new replacement tooth.
  • Getting dentures does not require surgery.
  • Dentures are usually not as expensive as implants.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be uncomfortable and even harmful to your overall dental health.
  • Dentures can shift inside your mouth. Dental adhesives do not always work to keep them in place.
  • Dentures should be removed at night.
  • Foods can get trapped under dentures and cause discomfort or decay to remaining teeth.
  • Dentures will require replacements and relines as the jaw ridges shrink.
  • Dentures will not prevent jaw bone structures from melting away.

Which one is right for you?

Today you have more choices than ever for getting back a beautiful, natural smile. Talk to prosthodontist about all the most up to date options.

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: dentures Gettysburg, dentures, dental implants Gettysburg, Sedation dentistry, Teeth in a Day, All on Four, Gettysburg

Sedation Dentistry in Gettysburg

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 19:12 PM

 

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For many people just the thought of a visit to the dentist immediately results in extreme anxiety. The fear of a painful experience often results in putting off simple dental issues until they require a more drastic course of action. But it doesn't have to be that way! Sedation dentistry, sometimes called sleep dentistry, allows those with dental anxiety to receive the care they need in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Time goes by very quickly. Most patients finish treatment feeling like they were only in the chair for a few minutes. Years of catch-up work can often be accomplished in one, relaxing visit.

To ensure patient safety sedation for dental treatment is administered by a medical anesthesiologist, and only after a comprehensive dental exam and a medical history review. You will be continually monitored during the entire procedure. Monitoring continues after treatment until the effects of the dental sedation have worn off and it is safe to leave. You will need to have someone with you to drive you home.

A variety of IV medications are given during the procedure to keep you nicely sedated. Ever have an endoscopy or similar procedure with sedation anesthesia? The same medications are used for dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry allows those with dental phobia or even just a little nervousness to receive the care necessary to correct existing issues, prevent further damage, and address conditions that may cause problems in the future. An added benefit is that more treatment can be finished during your visit when you are relaxed and free of anxiety. If you have a busy work schedule, sedation for dental treatment can often minimize the number of dental appointments you will need.

Sedation dentistry allows many patients who have avoided the dentist for years to receive necessary care comfortably and anxiety free!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

GettysburgCosmeticDental.com 717-334-0555

Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist, Sedation dentistry

"I'd rather have a Baby than go to the Dentist!" Sedation Dentistry

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

 

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If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you might feel as if you are one of the only people out there who is dealing with this problem. After all, all of your friends and family members might talk about their dental appointments and might all have pretty white teeth. However, even if you feel as if you are alone in your fears, you should know that you aren't. There are actually a lot of adults out there who are afraid of going to the dentist, too.

Just because you are afraid of going to the dentist doesn't mean that you should ignore your teeth. Instead, it means that you should look into options like sedation dentistry.

WithIV sedation anesthesiayou can be pleasantly sedated  while your dentist is working his or her magic. This is a great way to rest and relax while you receive the essential dental care that you need. Not only can this make things easier for you, but it can make it easier for your dentist to get his or her job done.  Often years of dentistry can be caught up in one, relaxing visit.  Your teeth can be cleaned and polished, cavities filled, implants placed, crowns made, all while you snooze. You can even have a cosmetic makeover for the smile of your dreams!

If you have dental phobia, or are even just a little nervousness, IV sedationanesthesia may be the solution you are looking for.

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of  Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555   GettysburgFamilyDentist.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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