SPORTS INJURIES, ACCIDENTS, and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways we can fill in that gap, but dental implants are the best solution because they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They can also last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Let's take a look and see how dental implants compare to other options for replacing missing teeth.
But First, What Are Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that acts like tooth root and is surgically placed in the jawbone. Once the implant is placed and secured, we are able to mount a replacement tooth or a dental bridge.
One of the key benefits from dental implants is that a dental implant doesn't come loose like a denture. Another benefit of dental implants is that they benefit your general oral health as they do not have to be anchored to other teeth like dental bridges.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Can brush & floss implants like natural teeth
Eat your favorite foods like before
Prevents teeth movement
Prevents bone lose and aging appearance
Can last for a lifetime
Implants vs Dentures
Partial and full dentures have been a common solution for missing teeth for many years, but they have their disadvantages. They are prone to slipping and falling out if not properly secured, and they can lead to jaw pain and soreness in the gums. They also do not stimulate the jaw bones, so patients with dentures tend to suffer bone loss. Bone loss can make you look older from the shrunken and caved in appearance caused by bone loss. Implants, on the other hand can prevent bone loss by directly simulating your jawbone. Implants are metal posts surgically placed in the jawbone under the gums and are basically a new root for a replacement tooth that looks and acts like a natural tooth. The only advantage dentures have over implants is that they are cheaper. It’s important to fill in the gap with an implant as soon as possible so the bone doesn’t erode and the surrounding teeth don’t collapse into the hole causing alignment and bite issues.
Implants vs Bridges
A dental bridge is a common solution for a row of missing teeth. The bridge rests over the top of the gums, leaving the gums and bone to eventually deteriorate. This causes your jawbone to become weak and thus gums begin to recede. Sometimes a dental bridge can cause irritation, plaque buildup, higher risk of gum disease and more tooth loss.
As an alternative to bridges, implant supported dental bridges provide a long-term solution for tooth replacement. Rather than having to reshape the adjacent healthy teeth, implants are placed into the gums to function like tooth roots. This provides you with chewing support and prevention of bone loss, gum recession, and irritation.
Book your Complimentary Implant Screening
Getting dental implants is nothing to be worried about! 3,000,000 people in the United States alone have at least one dental implant and that number continues to grow. We also have an in-house periodontist who has successfully placed implants for over 15 years. From implant placement to crown restoration, we handle your entire implant journey. We also offer financing options and accept most dental insurances to help make getting dental implants more affordable.
If you're interested in dental implants, but unsure if it's right for you, for a limited time we are offering a complimentary implant screening (Save $100). We'll be able to prepare a treatment and financial plan to get you started. Simply give us a call or book your complimentary implant screening online today