Dental Implants vs a Bridge and Dentures in Fort Wayne

Know Your Tooth Replacement Options

elderly couple laughing and smiling by a lakeWhen it comes to choosing a tooth replacement option, there are multiple options available to patients. To replace missing teeth, the most common options include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. These replacement teeth can be fixed or removable and are designed to match the natural teeth, providing both functional and cosmetic improvement to the smile. Each treatment has its benefits and risks, and the best choice will depend on the patient’s needs, goals, and candidacy.

Our Fort Wayne dentist offers various tooth replacement options. Contact Union Chapel Dentistry today by calling (260) 232-0280 to learn more about your tooth replacement options.

Alternatives for Dental Implants


dentist holding partial dentureDentures are a traditional option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of a set of artificial teeth mounted on a removable acrylic base that fits over the gums. Dentures are a good option for patients missing most or all of their teeth, as they can replace an entire arch. They’re also relatively inexpensive and made quickly. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease, especially when using removable partial dentures.

However, dentures can be uncomfortable and may not fit well, causing irritation and soreness. They can also slip and move around in the mouth, making it difficult to eat and speak.

Depending on the patient’s needs, there are multiple denture options available, including:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Implant-supported dentures

Dental Bridges

dental bridge figureA dental bridge is a tooth replacement anchored in place by the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge is typically made of porcelain or ceramic and is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. They’re good options for patients who are missing one or a few teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants, but they do require healthy teeth to be altered to support the bridge.

Unlike dental implants, which are designed to closely resemble and function like natural teeth, bridges may not provide the same natural look and feel.

Is Doing Nothing an Option?

Doing nothing is technically an option when it comes to a missing tooth, but it’s generally not recommended for several reasons:

  1. Missing teeth can cause several problems for the remaining teeth and the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can shift to fill the gap, leading to misalignment and bite problems. Additionally, the jawbone can shrink and deteriorate if it’s not supporting a tooth, causing the face to appear sunken and aged.
  2. Lost teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak properly. This can lead to trouble eating certain foods and speaking clearly, affecting the quality of life.
  3. Missing teeth can harm self-esteem and social interactions. People may feel self-conscious about their appearance and avoid smiling or speaking.

Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can help preserve natural tooth tissue, reduce bone resorption, and restore jawbone structure, allowing the permanent crown to be treated like a natural tooth once placed.

In light of these issues, it’s recommended to consider tooth replacement options such as dental implants to restore function and aesthetics and improve oral health.

Scheduling a consultation with our Fort Wayne dental professionals will help you understand which option is best for your specific needs and circumstances.

Discover the Best Tooth Replacement for You

While dental implants are the gold standard for replacing teeth, we know they may not be right for everyone. Schedule a consultation with our Fort Wayne dentist today by calling (260) 232-0280 to discuss your tooth replacement options. We’re happy to help patients from Fort Wayne and surrounding areas like New Haven, Allen, and Huntertown, IN.

Union Chapel Dentistry

12714 Coldwater Rd.
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Fort Wayne, IN 46845

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