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Benefits of Implant-Retained Bridges (All-on-fours)

Full mouth dental implant replacement options:

As mentioned earlier, there are two basic options when it comes to replacing all of your missing teeth: Implant-supported dentures or implant-retained bridges. We will now discuss the benefits of an implant-retained bridge, also referred to as all-on-fours:

What are the advantages on implant-retained bridges (all-on-fours)?

Implants-retained bridges, or all-on-fours, involve a bridge which is anchored on top of several implants. This is the closest option you can get  next to having your actual teeth back. The bridge stays in your mouth and gives you excellent chewing ability.

Implant-retained bridges give you fixed teeth

With implant-retained bridges your teeth will be fixed permanently into your mouth. The bridge anchors onto your dental implants and there is no more removing them. Of course with the exception of when you go to your dentist for repairs or cleanings. Having fixed, non-removable teeth can make you feel as if you had your original teeth back. Not only does having a beautiful set of teeth make you look very nice, but you will also feel much younger. You will definitely have more confident with permanent teeth in place as compared to dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are also a great options to replace all your missing teeth. Yet regardless of what has been said about the benefits of overdentures, fact remains that they are still dentures. You still can take overdentures in and out of your mouth just like you would a regular denture. You still have to worry about them becoming loose over time or running into other problems. Psychologically you’re still conscious of wearing dentures and the fact that these aren’t your actual teeth.

Having fixed teeth will boost your confidence

An implant-retained bridge is a much better option for younger people who have lost all of their teeth. Wearing dentures psychologically affects younger individuals. If you have permanent teeth that don’t ever come out, it can make a big difference in your psyche. Additionally, younger people tend to have excellent jawbone so they are usually excellent candidates for implant-retained bridge treatment. Of course lets be honest here, you have to be young and wealthy to afford this treatment since it is very expensive.

You will have better chewing ability and stability with implant-retained bridges

Wearing an implant-retained bridge is  basically the equivalent of having your original teeth back. Since implant-retained bridge is fixed in your mouth, your chewing ability will be excellent. In fact it will be almost equivalent to that of someone with their own actual teeth. With overdentures your teeth still move quite a bit while eating and your chewing ability is still far from great. With overdentures there is still movement and your chewing ability is far from 100%.

Implant-retained bridges stay in very well and hold up against the test of time. On other hand, overdentures can loosen up over time as you keep using them. You have to pay your dentist a visit every now and then to have them re-tightened. This involves replacing the connector part, known as an O-ring, in order to make the dentures tighter for a while longer.

Implant-retained bridges are your best overall option

If you want the absolute best then look no further implant-retained bridges. This treatment is literally the next best thing to having your own actual teeth back. In most instances you can’t even tell the difference between these and your own teeth. In fact with no more actual teeth to have to worry about cavities and gum disease, most people prefer this option to their original teeth!

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Choosing Between a Dental Implant or Root Canal

10 Questions to help you decide between a dental implant or root canal:

Now that you understand the benefits and risks of dental implant and root canals, it’s time to decide which is better for you. Here is a list of questions to help you decide between a dental implant or root canal. Please answer each question with either a “yes” or “no“:

  1. Did you break your tooth very badly? Essentially there is hardly any visible tooth structure left above your gum lines?
  2. Is your tooth very badly infected?
  3. Is your tooth loose, shaking or it’s roots are separating?
  4. Does your dentist sound doubtful about the 5-year prognosis of your tooth?
  5. Is the cost of a dental implant relatively comparable to that of a root canal and crown?
  6. Are you okay paying extra for the reassurance that you won’t have to worry about your problem again in the future?
  7. Are you physically healthy enough to perform surgeries?
  8. Have you already had a failed root canal or crown on the tooth in question?
  9. Have you had other root canals which have failed in the past?
  10. Do you already have one or more successful dental implants in your mouth?

Better candidate for dental implants

If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then you consider a dental implant over root canal. Here is why:

Questions 1 through 4: Condition of your tooth

Performing a root canal only makes sense if your tooth is expected to last at least 5 years. For this to happen, there needs to be enough tooth structure left to comfortably support a crown. Very badly infected teeth are also not likely to last much longer, with or without a root canal. You’re better off going with a dental implant instead of a root canal in these cases.

Questions 5 and 6: Affording the implant

Dental implants almost always cost more than root canals do. If money is tight, you might have to take a gamble on root canal to see if it works. Still, don’t push your luck too much here. Root canals aren’t cheap neither so you should still expect your tooth to last for a while.

There are occasions where your dental insurance pays substantially towards a root canal but not as much, or sometimes nothing, towards dental implants. Again, it might be worth trying the root canal first to see what happens. However, if you’re okay paying extra for the peace of mind, then a dental implants is still a better choice in these boarder-line situations.

Questions 7: Your medical status

You have to be healthy enough to perform oral surgeries in order to receive dental implants. The good new is that there are actually very few conditions that preclude you from having oral surgeries. Aggressive cancer therapy affecting the jawbones is one of these conditions. There are also certain bone conditions in addition to localized bone loss within the jawbones that can complicate matters. Talk to your dentist to see if you’re healthy enough to receive dental implants or if you require additional preparation in advance.

Question 8: Previous tooth history

The more a tooth is worked upon, the weaker and more fragile it becomes. Teeth with a history of a failed root canal treatment don’t have very good 5-year prognosis. Similarly, teeth which have had their crown break or fall off repeatedly are most likely too weak to support a crown. These teeth are both better candidates for dental implants than root canals. A root canal or crown is most likely going to fail again sooner than later.

Questions 9 through 10: Previous success rates

We’re not going to discount factors such as age, luck and your dentist’s skills when it comes to deciding between a dental implant or root canal. If you’ve already had lots of successful root canal treatments and are happy with them, then go ahead and try another root canal and see how it ends up. On the other hand, if you’ve had one or two failed root canals then maybe you should go with an implant instead. Or vice versa, if you’ve had a dental implant or two fail then maybe it’s best to stick with root canals.

Better candidate for root canal treatment

If you  answered “no” to most of the above questions then you should consider a root canal first.

Final thought on deciding between a dental implant or root canal

It’s always preferable to keep your own tooth, but only when the tooth is expected to last for a good while. You want to make sure your tooth has a good chance of lasting 5 or more years if it was to receive a root canal. Generally speaking, successful treatment is considered one lasts at least 5 years, which is also referred to as 5-year prognosis. If your 5-year prognosis for a root canal treatment is good, then you should proceed with having the root canal done.

However, whenever your 5-year prognosis is looking bleak then you should bypass the root canal. Go straight to a dental implant instead. Receiving a root canal should not be considered as a temporary fix just to get you through for a short while. Receiving a root canal is not worth it if you’re going to lose the tooth this soon. Talk to your dentist to reassure you that they expect good long-term prognosis whenever dealing with a compromised tooth.

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee of longevity or success rate of any dental treatment, including a dental implant or root canal. However, an experienced dentist should be able to provide you with some idea to the condition of your tooth. This can assist you in making the right decision regarding which route to take. So take some time to discuss with your dentist and choose the treatment that’s more suitable for your needs.

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What are the benefits of root canal over dental implants?

Benefits of Root Canal over Dental Implants

Should I get a dental implant or root canal?

Root canal treatment removes your tooth nerve whereas a dental implant requires your whole tooth to be removed. Receiving a root canal should be your first option so long as the tooth prognosis appears good. Here are some benefits of root canal over dental implants which you should know:

What are the benefits of root canal over dental implants?

It’s always nicer to keep your own tooth whenever possible. After all no one wants to have a fake tooth over a real one given the option. With a root canal you get to keep your actual tooth. This means that it’s easy to match your root canal treated teeth to your remaining teeth for good esthetic results. Here are some other benefits of a root canal over dental implants worth mentioning:

Root canals let you keep your actual tooth

When you receive a dental implant your tooth is removed and completely replaced with a fake one. Receiving a completely synthetic could lead to certain unexpected issues. For instance, your implant tooth may end up looking different than what your original tooth looked like. Placing dental implants to replace missing front teeth is particularly challenging. It’s not uncommon to lose some surrounding bone or gum tissue when performing the tooth removal prior to implant placement. This results in your implant tooth looking longer than the original one. This can make the implant tooth appear as if it doesn’t belong there.

With root canals you don’t have to worry about not having a tooth in place for a while

Another problem with dental implants is the fact that you probably won’t have your tooth for a while. Obviously this is more of a concern when discussing front teeth which show. However even having a back tooth missing for several months can pose an issue with chewing or lead to minor teeth shifting problems. Root canals allow you to save your tooth so there is no issues with regards to not having a tooth in place for a while. Not having to wear a denture or having your tooth missing for months is yet another advantage of root canal over dental implants.

It’s more affordable to go with a root canal over dental implants

Root canal treatment typically costs much less a dental implant, even when you include the costs of a post and crown for the root canal. You will typically be looking at around 50% to 200% more for complete dental implant treatment versus a root canal and crown. Additionally, while most insurance plans cover root canal treatments, very few cover dental implant. As a result if you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket expenses are going to be much lower for a root canal over dental implants.

Root canals are faster and easier than implants

Root canal treatment is much speedier process than dental implants. A root canal is typically completed in one to two sessions over a week or two. Dental implants on the other hand usually take anywhere from 3-4 months up to a year to complete. Placing dental implants also require a surgery to remove the tooth and place the implant in place. Implant procedure is much more invasive than root canal treatment and can be a problem if you have high medical risks and complications.

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