Why Dental Implants are a Great Choice to Replace a Missing Tooth
Dental implants are one of the most widely used methods for replacing missing teeth - beloved by dentists and patients alike. Far and away the most long-lasting tooth replacement treatment, dental implants offer a fully functioning artificial tooth, complete with root. These devices can be used just like your natural teeth. In fact, dental implants replace your missing tooth so effectively that you may forget you ever lost a tooth at all.
What makes a dental implant the best choice?
A missing tooth is more than just an annoyance. When a tooth is lost, be it due to trauma, advanced tooth decay or severe periodontitis, the other teeth are affected soon afterward. To fill the space, surrounding teeth begin to migrate toward the area. This can throw your bite out of place and can even lead to further tooth loss if left alone. The jawbone also begins to deteriorate when a tooth is lost. The best course of action after losing a tooth is having it replaced as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more problems arise.
One of the advantages of dental implants over other teeth replacement methods is the fact that it is made up of three parts. The faux tooth root is known as the post - this is the part that is placed into the jawbone. The screw-like post is made from titanium, a unique metal that has the ability to fuse with the living jawbone. For this reason, a dental implant is the only tooth replacement method that actually preserves the jawbone.
Atop the post lies the connector (known as the abutment) between post and restoration. The implant is completed by the crown, also known as the restoration. This is the visible part of the implant that resembles the top of a tooth. These three parts make it easier to replace parts of the implant when they fail, rather than having to replace the entire device.
How dental implants measure up
Other teeth replacement methods are more temporary than implants. Neither of these options uses the jaw, so the bone is left to deteriorate underneath these more temporary appliances. This can cause a lot of costly and painful problems down the line.
Dentures and partial dentures come with their own set of problems. Having to use adhesive to keep them in place, having to remove them overnight and the issue of keeping them clean are all concerns that you will want to think about before reaching for this cheaper option.
Dental implants can even be used if you are missing all of your top, bottom or both teeth. A full arch of prosthetic teeth can be attached permanently onto 4 or more implants. Traditional dental implants are ideal for one missing tooth, but there are options for implants when you are missing many or all teeth.
As the most effective, durable and long-lasting artificial teeth in modern dentistry, dental implants are the clear choice for those missing a tooth. Find out more about dental implants by contacting us today. We are here to help!
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