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Stephen K Williams DDS | Dentures Bridges or Implants? in Bicknell

Stephen K Williams DDS and Associates

511 W 11th St
Bicknell, IN 47512


(812) 735-2020

Dentures Bridges or Implants?

Dental Implants, Bridges or Dentures?

Let Dr. Williams help you decide!

Do you need implants?Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, bridges or dentures. Each option has its pros and cons, depending on the health of your teeth and your budget.

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Stephen Williams will evaluate your teeth and gums, and help you choose the option that will work best for you. With his experience, training and state-of-art new office, Dr. Williams is uniquely qualified to help you make an informed dental decision, and one that you will be happy with for years to come.


Call us at 812-735-2020 to make an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.


Dental Implants

Dental implants feel and function just like natural teeth. They are permanent fixtures of titanium posts, which are anchored to the jawbone and topped with individual replacement teeth or a bridge that screws or cements into the posts. Read more about Dental Implants here.


A bridge is a dental restoration that spans an area that has no teeth and is connected to natural teeth at each end. A typical bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two surrounding abutments or crowns. After completion, this bridge structure is then bonded into the mouth. Read more about Bridges here.


Dentures, partial or complete, replace either the bottom arch or the top arch of your mouth. Read more about Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures here.

The advantages of Dental Implants over Bridges

  • Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state

  • Deter further tooth loss. When a bridge "goes bad", it usually means the loss of one or more teeth that support the bridge

  • Don't need to cut down adjacent teeth

The advantages of Bridges over Dental Implants

  • Dental Implants can take longer to place. From extraction to healing to implant placement, it can be several months before you get a functional crown

  • Dental implants involve surgery

  • The initial cost of an implant will be higher than that of a fixed bridge

The advantages of Dental Implants over Dentures

  • Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state

  • Permanently fixed and won't loosen

  • Keeps you looking younger by preventing shrinkage of jawbone

  • Deter further bone loss

  • No adhesives

  • Allow you to eat all foods

Fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution for missing teeth and often come with a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking.

Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often require the partial cutting of adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure.

For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years, compared to an average 25-year life span for dental implants.

Paul used dental implants to restore his teeth, top and bottom. Here is what he had to say about it.

Patient Testimonial


Paul McMillen"I believe that Dr. Williams and his staff did a fine job working with me. They made me new teeth top and bottom, and they work fine.

"I can eat anything I want now, like nuts, steak apples and other good things.

"I think he is a good person and a great dentist."

—Paul McMillin

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Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?

Restore your teeth with dental implants.The ideal candidate for dental implants has good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants by having a bone-grafting procedure. People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace them with dental implants or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.

People who are not good candidates for dental implants include:

  • Young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed

  • Pregnant women

  • Heavy smokers - smoking impedes healing in the mouth and can reduce the likelihood that implants will be successful. However, this doesn't eliminate the possibility of getting dental implants.

  • People with certain medical conditions.

  • Patients who take certain medications

  • People who severely grind or clench their teeth — these habits can place too much pressure on the implants and increase the risk of failure.

Come see Dr. Williams to help you decide

The best way to determine what choice is best for you is to come to the office and meet Dr. Williams. The doctor offers a no-charge consultation and a free oral exam and can go over all of your questions and options.

Call us at 812-735-2020 to make an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.

Bicknell Dentist | Dentures Bridges or Implants?. Stephen K. Williams is a Bicknell Dentist.