Oral Health Associates Green Bay Dentists

Dentures vs. Implants

When a patient loses a tooth (or multiple teeth), it may feel like it’s the end of the world – or at least the end of having a beautiful smile! Thankfully though, with modern technological advances, there are now multiple highly-effective ways that a person can have his or her smile restored and back to looking like brand new. When you stop by to visit your Green Bay dentists, we offer a few different methods for restoring a patient’s smile. Our two most popular tooth replacement options are dentures and dental implants , each of which have their own pros and cons.

Dentures

Dentures are basically prosthetic devices that are constructed and placed inside a patient’s mouth to be used as replacements for teeth. These dentures are usually supported by both the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity, although in some cases, an adhesive will be used to help keep the dentures securely in place.

Pros

  • Dentures are a relatively inexpensive option for tooth replacement.
  • Dentures are also easy to maintain.
  • Creating and placing the dentures is a simple-enough process as it doesn’t require any surgery.
  • If you happen to lose any more teeth, the dentures can simply be modified to add extra ones without you needing any surgery or complex treatments.

Cons

  • Dentures aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as dental implants.
  • Dentures can sometimes slip around inside your mouth when you chew or speak.
  • You may not be able to eat certain foods with them.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into a patient’s jawbone where the missing tooth’s roots used to be. A dental implant first needs time to fuse with the jawbone before the natural-looking, permanent crown can be placed on it. During this healing period, you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear.

Pros

  • Dental implants feel, look, and function just like your natural teeth.
  • Because they’re anchored in, you won’t have to worry about them sliding around; they’ll give you the best
  • chewing functionality.
  • They’ll be able to support the rest of your teeth and keep those teeth from shifting toward empty spaces in your mouth.
  • Dental implants just need the same maintenance and care that the rest of your teeth need.
  • A dental implant that’s taken care of properly can last for a lifetime.

Cons

  • While very reliable, dental implants are also more expensive than your other options for replacing your teeth.
  • You’ll need to undergo surgery for the dental implants to be properly placed in your mouth.
  • Also, this procedure will take somewhere between three and six months to be completed.

Contact Your Green Bay Dentists Today!

If you have any further questions about dentures or dental implants, we encourage you to Contact Us and let us know. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your Green Bay dentists, feel free to give us a call at (920) 437-3376. We hope to hear from you soon and help you restore your smile back to its most beautiful state!

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COVID-19 Notice

Dear Patients:

We at Oral Health Associates hope this notice finds you and your family in good health. Over the last few months Green Bay has been through a lot, and we all are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. One thing that has not changed during this time is our commitment to the safety of you and our staff.

You may have noticed infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our established processes ensure you receive care that is both safe and comfortable. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first contagious illness to have circulated our country, nor will it be the last. Over the lifetime of our practice we have successfully prevented the transmission of many infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS in addition to our annual “flu season.” Furthermore, hepatitis in its many forms, HPV, herpes, etc. are all part of our everyday lives as your dental care team.

In addition to our standard and universal precautions we want to tell you of additional infection control procedures we have implemented. We follow the daily updates and recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC, and OSHA. You may notice the following changes at your next appointment:

  • ⦿ Our office will do a brief but thorough screening process prior to arriving at our office and when you arrive including taking your temperature.
  • ⦿ We have hand sanitizer present throughout our office including at the reception area when you enter and exit and ask that you please use it.
  • ⦿ We have removed difficult to clean items from our waiting rooms like magazines, children’s toys, etc.
  • ⦿ Social distancing will be considered as we allow increased space in our waiting room and the option to wait in your vehicle prior to your appointment.
  • ⦿ We request you please bring a mask for yourself to wear in our waiting room.
  • ⦿ Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment at the highest available level which may include wearing masks and face shields for the entirety of your visit.
  • ⦿ We have installed multiple Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Systems in our office which has proven very effective at safely filtering air within our office and killing many pathogens including SARS and other versions of coronaviruses.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the steps we take to ensure the safety of everyone in our office. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,

Oral Health Associates

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