Those with one or more missing teeth can choose between tooth replacement options like a dental implant, a traditional bridge, or dentures. Bridges and dentures used to be the norm, but they are not suitable for everyone. Due to reasons like soreness, discomfort, and poor fit, you may need to consider a different tooth replacement option that provides the feel and function that closely matches natural teeth.
Dental implants are an innovative tooth replacement option that replicates the complete tooth structure. The dentist will place a titanium post into the jawbone to support a crown (prosthetic tooth). The final restoration looks, feels, and functions like a real tooth, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are considered a great option for replacing missing teeth because they do not affect the teeth and other oral structures like bridges and dentures. The most remarkable advantage of dental implants is the reliable support they provide for the new teeth. Here are some of the reasons why implants can be a great choice.
With implants, it will hard to tell the difference between implant restoration and natural teeth. Patients will be able to chew normally, and there is also no special cleaning or maintenance requirement with dental implants.
Once the dentist places the metal post, the jawbone will integrate with the dental implant. The osseointegration process creates a strong foundation for the new dental crown, just like the support that roots give the natural teeth. There is no fear that the tooth restoration will fall out awkwardly when eating or talking.
Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are more permanent. With proper oral health care, the implants can last a lifetime without the need for repair or replacement.
Traditional bridges need to be connected to the teeth on the sides of the gap left by the lost tooth. With implants, there is no need to file down or prepare adjacent teeth to stabilize the replacement teeth as is the case with dental bridges.
When the tooth is missing, the jawbone starts to deteriorate, since it no longer receives stimulation. In a year, the bone can lose up to 25% of its density annually until the tooth is replaced. Since implants replace the roots of the lost tooth, they restore the stimulation, promoting bone preservation.
If you have enough bone mass to hold a dental implant, the dentist will typically recommend getting this option instead of the others. The process is as simple as placing the implants, leaving time for osseointegration (bone growth and healing), and placing the new dental crown. Due to the healing period, the procedure may take a few months to complete.
If you are looking for a tooth replacement solution, then you should talk to an experienced dentist about implants. Contact our dental office to schedule a consultation with our dentist.