If you are missing a tooth or two, you aren't alone. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to know what to do about tooth loss, especially since options like partial bridges or dentures are far less expensive than modern dental implants.
However, there are more than a few reasons dental professionals recommend implants to their patients. Here are four reasons to choose dental implants instead of other tooth replacement alternatives.
Unlike dentures or bridges, which rely on the neighboring teeth for support, dental implants are anchored into place with a titanium post that acts as an artificial tooth root. This independent anchoring allows the implant to be just as strong and stable as the rest of your teeth — and to create an incredibly beautiful, realistic appearance.
Because of the way they are anchored, people with dental implants won't have to worry about things like non-realistic looking gum tissue, silver brackets that hold pontics in place, or visible retainers. Instead, all you see is natural-looking, beautiful teeth, helping you to restore your self-confidence.
Since dental implants are custom tailored for the patient, they can also blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, even if those teeth are less than perfect. Dental lab technicians can use pictures of your teeth in addition to impressions and measurements to create implants that look like they have always been there.
2. Jaw Bone Health
One of the most powerful benefits of dental implants is the fact that they protect your underlying jaw tissue. When you lose a tooth, the socket stops receiving stimulation as you talk and chew, which causes the bone tissue in your jaw to start receding.
Bone loss occurs quickly after you lose a tooth, with your jawbone ridge losing as much as 25% of its overall width within a year. Eventually, this bone loss can affect the strength of your periodontal arch, as well as your face shape. If enough bone loss occurs, it can even change the contours of your face and make you look much older than you are.
Fortunately, dental implants recreate this stimulation, stopping bone loss in its tracks. This protects the structural integrity of your jaw, as well as your personal appearance. Unfortunately, other tooth replacement options don't provide this benefit, and some can even speed bone loss, creating more problems.
If you wear dentures or partial bridges, you might be worried about your appearance every time you smile, talk or laugh with a friend. You might wonder what you will do if your teeth pop out or someone asks you about the restoration, which can even make it difficult to socialize.
Furthermore, since these tooth replacement options don't protect you against bone loss, your jaw can continue to change shape, which naturally affects the fit and comfort of your denture or bridge. Unless the prosthetic is carefully adjusted and refitted over the years, it can become uncomfortable or painful to wear.
On the other hand, dental implants are made to look and feel just like the rest of your teeth, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Instead of worrying about your smile, you can focus on what is really important — like your friends, family, hobbies and goals.
4. Daily Care
Last but certainly not least, dental implants are easier to take care of on a daily basis. While dentures and bridges may need to be removed, cleaned and soaked overnight to prevent moisture loss, dental implants just need to be brushed and flossed like the rest of your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will also improve your overall dental health, so you are less likely to lose additional teeth in the future.
If dental implants sound like a solution that might be right for you, contact Dr. Shelley L. Canada ofSmiles by Canada.