For form, fit, and function, nothing can replace dental implants for tooth replacement.
There are three options when you’re looking to replace lost or extracted teeth: removable dentures (full or partial); fixed dental bridges (cemented); and dental implants. For patients who are good candidates for implants, they offer some substantial advantages.
Unlike dentures, which rest on the gums, dental implants are surgical fixtures set into the jaw where they fuse with the body’s own bone tissue.
Made of titanium, implants integrate well with surrounding tissue and act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. These artificial roots serve as stable anchors for a replacement tooth, bridge or dentures.
Dental implants provide the closest thing to the feel, function, and appearance of natural teeth. Implanted teeth lock onto the implant fused to your jaw, eliminating the frustration of looseness and slippage caused by ill-fitting dentures.
As a result, patients experience more confidence and ease in everything from smiling to chewing favorite foods such as steak or apples. Patients with implants are also free of the hassle and messiness of denture adhesives.
Another advantage of dental implants is that they can replace missing teeth without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth.
Bridges and partial dentures require attachment to neighboring teeth, causing stress which can lead to damage to healthy teeth. Dental implants offer stable support for removable dentures to provide a more secure and comfortable fit without exposing natural teeth to harm.
In addition to benefits in performance and fit, dental implants provide an important component in helping maintain good bone health. With missing teeth, the underlying bone mass begins to break down, causing the structure of the mouth and face to shift. Dental implants actually help preserve bone and promote the health of surrounding tissues, decreasing the risk of gum disease as well as decay in neighboring teeth.
Progress in technology and science have greatly improved the outcomes of dental implant placement. Today, the success rate for dental implants is close to 98%. Dental implants offer outstanding durability and longevity and are more affordable than many people realize. For more information, please talk to anyone on our team.