Dental implants have exploded in popularity in recent years for a good reason: they are clearly the best method of tooth replacement. If you have missing teeth, you may make a good candidate for this procedure if you are in good overall health, are a non-smoker, and are not currently on osteoporosis medications.
If you have missing teeth, you will need to carefully weigh your treatment options. To do so, you should be guided by solid information. As you begin gathering information about your treatment choices, you will likely have some questions that need answering.
You can lose teeth due to a variety of reasons like tooth decay, injury or periodontal disease. Up until fairly recently, the only treatment available for those with missing teeth was bridges and dentures. However, more treatment choices are a good thing. Dental implants have become a popular treatment choice for a growing number of patients.
Dental implants themselves are simply replacements for your natural tooth roots. They offer a firm foundation for replacement teeth that are constructed to closely resemble your natural teeth. They look and function virtually the same as your original teeth.
When teeth are removed or lost, the jawbone in the area will begin to deteriorate, or resorb. Surrounding teeth also tend to begin shifting into the space left by the missing teeth. This can further lead to a variety of problems with your gums and how your teeth function and fit together.
Dental implants simply look better than other treatment options. They look and feel just like your natural teeth. Since they will fuse with your jawbone, they will become permanent.
Another key advantage to dental implants over alternative treatment choices like dentures is that implants will not shift in your mouth, leading to difficulty speaking. They are also more comfortable than removable dentures, since they become a part of you.
Dental implants are also associated with better oral health. The implant procedure does not require a reduction of other teeth, as in the case of bridges. Adjacent teeth do not need to be altered to provide support for your implant, meaning more natural tooth material is left intact. Implants are also easier to clean around, leading to improved oral hygiene.
You can expect your dental implants to last for a lifetime. Among tooth replacement techniques, the implant procedure has the highest documented rate of success of over 95 percent. Contrast this with a 10-year average life span for bridges, which is often caused by the weakening of teeth that support the bridge. Higher rates of decay and fracture are also associated with teeth found under dental bridges.
Your teeth and smile are a vital part of your health and appearance. If you would like to further explore your treatment options, please contact our office at Image Dental & Orthodontics to book your consultation.