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October 25 2010

Houston, TX Dental implants

Replacing lost teeth can be harrowing for anyone, including the Frisco family dentist. A lost tooth can be a source of much consternation for the patient, especially when it’s located in the front portion of the mouth. The priority will be to calm the patient’s fears and offer a solution in the shortest time possible. There are a wide variety of choices available today from Houston sedation dentists so help is on the way. 

There are positive and negative aspects to both:

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1. Fixed Partial Denture (Dental Bridge)

A fixed partial denture is also commonly referred to as a bridge. As the name suggests, the dental bridge cannot be removed easily and only the dentist can replace a faulty dental bridge once it is damaged. These ceramic bridges are attached to adjacent teeth to stabilize them, so function will not be impaired.


  •  Fairly fast turnaround 
  • Comfortable to chew with 
  • Can be used to stabilize the bite
  • Looks attractive


  • Adjacent teeth have to be reduced. This is an irreversible procedure.
  • This reducing will compromise the strength of the adjacent teeth. 


2. Resin-Bonded Fixed Partial Denture

A Resin-bonded fixed partial denture is a metal and porcelain structure that is cemented onto the back side of teeth. It cannot be removed easily.


  • Very little no tooth material need be removed.
  • Short treatment time
  • Stabilizing
  • Can be used as a temporary fix


  • Can become loose over time
  • Not as natural looking as the other methods. 


3. Removable Partial Denture

Acrylic or cast metal dentures are fabricated from dental casts created from dental impressions of the patients’ jaw.


  • Most cost effective 
  • Replacement is fairly fast
  • Can be temporary until a more permanent method is completed. 


  • Inherently unstable
  • Need to be replaced from time to time 
  • Not easy to get used to 
  • Not highly durable 


4. Implant Supported Crown

PA dental implants can be used to support a single crown. Dental implants have to be surgically placed within the jaw of the patient. Once placed, the implant will mimic the root portion of the lost tooth and the dental crown can be placed on top of the implant.


  • No need for reshaping adjacent teeth 
  • Highly stable
  • Very attractive
  • Bone loss can be minimized.
  • Surgery can be completed in 2 visits 
  • Very comfortable and natural looking 


  • Expensive 
  • More treatment time required for conventional implants
  • Surgery needed
  • Cannot be used    by all patients