Update From Northwood Dental
All of us at Northwood Dental wish everyone the best of health and safety in these challenging times.
As part of the Governor's mandate and the recent Pinellas County 'safer at home' initiative, our current hours of operation have been adjusted and many of you may have already been contacted to postpone your dental services.
Other patient services are still being provided in an altered schedule designed for the safety of you, our patients, and for the safety of our Northwood Dental personnel.
We remain ready to care for your dental concerns and are making attempts to send out personalized communications regarding all present and future appointments.
If you need to speak with us in the meantime, please call/text 727-797-5161 (it is vital you leave a voicemail if we are unable to take the call) or send an email to: OfficeManager@northwood-dental.com. Our patients are our top priority and we are doing our best to respond ASAP.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Northwood Dental Team
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental Experts In Clearwater
Dental implants and dentures are tooth replacement solutions that offer varying benefits. While dentures are more convenient up-front and familiar to many patients, dental implants offer unique health benefits other options cannot replicate. Implants have increased not only the look and function of our patients’ smiles, but their quality of life as well.
Tooth implants integrate into the jawbone, creating an anchored foundation. Dentures, however, are not fixed and may shift position when eating or talking. This can be detrimental to nutrition and confident communication.
We may implement the dental implant procedure in the replacement of one tooth, several teeth, or a full arch where dentures may only be used when many or all teeth are missing.
The titanium used for a tooth implant in the jawbone is a strong, biocompatible material. Denture components consist of acrylic, plastic, and a cast metal.
As soon as a tooth is lost, bone will begin to erode. Tooth implants incite blood flow and stimulate the bone, similar to the root of your natural teeth, preventing bone degradation. Dentures rest on the gums and do nothing to decrease the progression of bone loss. In actuality, choosing dentures increases bone loss over time.
The fact that dental implant systems, in lieu of dentures, preserve bone, alleviates another concern for patients. Bone density affects the structure of your face and if bone loss is allowed to continue, your facial structure may be affected. Most often this manifests in a sunken or hollow appearance.
With proper oral care, teeth implants, in effect, can last a lifetime. Dentures, conversely, may need to be replaced due to wear or an ill fit caused by progressive bone loss.
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