The Pros and Cons of Dental Procedures

Woman having dental implantsLosing teeth can be very devastating to anyone’s health. The loss of teeth can affect the heart and immune system. Fortunately, there are several ways to move forward and replace those missing teeth. The dentists at Three Rivers Dental in Richland, Washington say that here are the most common ones:

Dental Implant

Dental implants can look like natural teeth. The process is divided into two parts: the first one focuses on placing the metal implant, which is surgically embedded into the jaw to act as an anchor for the crown. The second part involves placing the dental crown on the implant.

The upside of having implants is that they’re just as sturdy as natural teeth and they can last for years. Furthermore, implants don’t affect other healthy teeth. The downside is that you will have to go through surgery to have them so it can be more expensive than other options.


A denture usually consists of a gum-like acrylic base strengthened with a metal framework to hold the crown. The dentures are held in place by a metal clasp that’s fitted to existing teeth. Removable dentures come in two types: partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are recommended when you only need one or a few teeth replaced, which may or may not be adjacent to each other.

The advantage of this option is that the process of replacing your teeth with this method is relatively easy so any dentist in Richland, Washington can have you fitted with a denture in no time at all.

The disadvantage is that dentures are not as stable and sturdy as natural and you’ll have to remove the denture every night to clean it. Also, you may have to reline or replace it frequently.


A bridge will use the remaining natural teeth as an anchor or abutment teeth. Those two teeth will have to be contoured so that a crown can be fitted over it. While this type of tooth replacement functions and feels like real teeth and is less expensive than implants.

The downside is that the natural teeth that will serve as abutment will have to be ground down, which would put them at significant risk for decay.

Choosing the right option will depend on several things: your budget, your goals, and your circumstances. That’s why you have to sit down with your dentist and have an honest discussion about these options that are available for you.