Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
When it comes to dental treatments, like replacing missing teeth, you deserve the very best. And hands down, dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth for a number of reasons. If you are looking into your treatment options for replacing one or more missing teeth, read on to discover how implants destroy the competition with their clearly superior benefits.
What is an implant?
As the name suggests, an implant is something that is placed within the jawbone to provide an artificial tooth that you can chew on and will closely resemble your original tooth. Do not confuse implants with other tooth replacement options like dentures. If you cannot afford implants, dentures are fine. But they cannot come close to the numerous benefits of a dental implant.
Dental Implant Benefits
- Cost effective
- Prevents bone resorption
- Preserves your smile
- Provides both the form and function of original teeth
1. Dental implants are cost-effective.
Initially, tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges are less expensive than implants. However, what you save on the front end, you wind up paying for in the back end.
One issue is lifespan. Dentures typically last around five years, while bridges last around ten. Depending upon your age, you may end up buying several sets of these over time. Implants are a single fixed cost that should last for the rest of your life.
Dental bridges will eventually compromise the teeth that they are affixed to. They also require the removal of some tooth structure to put them into place, compromising those teeth. And they provide spaces for damaging oral bacteria to hide from your cleaning efforts, leading to the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease, creating an additional expense.
2. Prevents Bone Resorption
Bone resorption is the process of the bone underneath where the missing tooth was, melting away. This can even cause the facial structure to collapse inward, making you look many years older than your chronological age.
And if you end up getting a dental implant anyway, but waited a long time, you would need a bone graft procedure, adding additional expense to your implant costs.
3. Preserves your smile
Nature abhors a vacuum. The empty space left by your missing teeth will eventually be filled when surrounding teeth begin shifting into this area, potentially causing gaps between your teeth and problems with your bite.
4. Provides both the form and function of natural teeth
As it turns out, your body doesn't really know the difference between a natural tooth and an implant when it comes to bone loss. As mentioned earlier, your jawbone will begin melting away without the presence of a tooth. But an artificial tooth root will also prevent bone loss. And the crown on top of your implant will look just like a natural tooth. No one will know that you had anything done unless you choose to tell them.