Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Do you or someone you know have missing teeth or failing dentures? There are a lot of reasons why dental implants are now the top choice for natural tooth replacement.
- Looks and feels like a natural tooth. It involves a titanium post that is placed into your jaw bone during a very simple procedure in the oral surgery office. This implant becomes integrated into your jaw and your dentist then is able to place a crown onto this implant. The result both looks and functions like a natural tooth. There are no parts that rest on the other teeth or that need to be removed. No one will know you had a tooth missing!
- Best long-term investment. Bridges on average last approximately 10 years. When they fail, they can also take one of the anchor teeth with them. Partial dentures can also jeopardize the health of your natural teeth. The clasps that engage the other teeth place unfavorable forces on these teeth, increasing the likelihood of these teeth breaking or failing. Implants are designed to last a lifetime if placed and cared for properly.
- Dental implants preserve the adjacent teeth. With missing teeth, the adjacent teeth can drift or tip into the space. This can cause your teeth to no longer fit together. In addition, studies have shown higher failure rates of the adjacent teeth if the space is not filled with an implant or a bridge. With a bridge, your dentist has to remove significant healthy tooth structure on these anchor teeth to fabricate the bridge. An implant does not involve any work on the adjacent teeth.
- It preserves the bone. The jaw bone is one of the most dynamic bones in the body. It involves a complex process of bone growth and removal. Your teeth and roots stimulate the bone so this process happens. If a tooth is missing, the bone does not regenerate and can slowly disappear and dissolve over time. This can give your jaw a sunken appearance as you age. Since an implant is placed into your jaw, it provides the same stimulation as your natural teeth and the bone level stays stable! This is really important in your top front jaw. The implant provides the most esthetic option for replacing missing teeth in the esthetic zone. If you replace the missing tooth or teeth with a bridge or a partial denture, the bone loss will cause a gray shadow under the restoration that can be very unsightly.
- Easy to clean. The implant is cared for as you care for your natural teeth. The implant does not need to be removed every night and placed in solution like dentures or flossed under like a bridge.
For more information on dental implants, visit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of BayCare Clinic's website.