If you are missing one or more teeth, you have several options to consider to replace them. For a small number of missing teeth, a bridge or partial denture is a viable option; for a whole row, traditional dentures have long been the norm. But at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer the most recent and beneficial option: dental implants. Dental implants have several major advantages over all other replacement teeth, and for your health, appearance, and comfort, we recommend them highly.
Support your bone
When teeth are lost, the bone in the area begins to weaken and subside, even if it was previously healthy. This is due to a lack of stimulation from the use of the tooth. Most tooth replacements sit on top of the gums, meaning that they don’t reach down to stimulate the bone. But implants are inserted directly into the jaw, encouraging bone growth and maintenance.
Look like new
Great advances have recently been made in the appearance of all tooth replacements. Where once metal fixtures were the norm, most dental prosthetics are nearly invisible. But even now, dental implants are the most natural-looking option. Dental implants involve no visible metal, and the way they interact with your gums is as close as possible to the original structure of your mouth.
Even before you have lost teeth, your ability to chew and bite may be compromised by weakened bone that causes loose, shifting teeth. With most replacement teeth, this continues; bridges and dentures are nowhere near as steady as natural teeth supported by healthy bone. But implants provide the same solid strength as healthy teeth, increasing your confidence in your bite. Even without single-tooth implants, bridges and dentures which use implants as their foundation are far more reliable than other versions.
Save money over time
While dental implants require a larger investment up front, this is a one-time cost for a prosthetic which, with proper care, will last your entire life. Not so with dentures and bridges, which wear out and break over time. The normal lifespan of these appliances means they will have to be replaced, possibly several times—costs which add up over a lifetime, leaving dental implants as the less expensive option in the end.