If you have lost one or more teeth or are facing tooth extraction due to damage or disease, you have several replacement options. Dr. David Green of Turnagain Dental recommends you carefully consider your choices and weigh the pros and cons of each. Dental implants offer some special advantages above and beyond what other tooth replacements offer. Here, Dr. Green reveals some of these unique advantages.
Look and Feel Like Natural, Healthy Teeth
Dental implants look, feel and function like natural, healthy teeth. In fact, it’s difficult to tell the difference between implants and natural teeth! Implants restore complete chewing function and allow you to eat virtually any foods you like. They won’t slip around in the mouth and impede your speech. And they will enable you to smile confidently, knowing you have a complete, healthy-looking smile.
Other tooth replacements like dentures require special maintenance. They have to be removed, soaked and cleaned daily. On the other hand, dental implants are extremely low maintenance. They remain in your mouth at all times and you can brush and floss them just like natural teeth.
Do Not Rely on the Surrounding Teeth for Support
Bridges and partial dentures require the surrounding healthy teeth to be ground down in order to retain and support the restoration. Grinding down healthy tooth structure can weaken a tooth and make it more vulnerable to damage. Implants, on the other hand, are a standalone solution and do not attach to adjacent teeth.
Also, placing an implant in a gap left by a missing tooth prevents the adjacent teeth from shifting into the gap or becoming crooked.
Prevents Jawbone Loss
When a tooth falls out, the underlying jawbone starts to deteriorate because it isn’t being used or stimulated from chewing forces. Dentures and bridges fail to stimulate the jawbone because they simply rest on the gums. Because implant posts are surgically placed in the jawbone and become part of the bone, the jawbone reacts as if there is a natural tooth there. Implants keep the jawbone from deteriorating.
Help Maintain Natural Face Shape and Contours
One of the consequences of jawbone loss is gradual sagging and the eventual collapse of the lower third of the face. The distance between the tip of the nose and the chin slowly starts to close, the lips can thin and wrinkles can appear around the mouth. Placing implants to prevent jawbone loss helps maintain a natural face shape and contours.
Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Implants are a lasting solution to tooth loss. Unlike bridges and dentures, which typically need to be repaired or replaced every few years, dental implants are considered permanent. With the proper care and attention, implants can last you the rest of your life.
Contact Turnagain Dental
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please schedule an informational consultation at Turnagain Dental. Call or email us today to book your appointment.