Why Dental Implants Are Your Best Option For Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we are replacing missing teeth today. They consist of three parts: a titanium post, a connector (abutment), and a crown. The post is the actual implant, and it is screwed into the jawbone, below the gum line, and the crown is the visible part of the replacement tooth. Multiple crowns and even full arches can be supported by two, four, or more implants.
Dental implants are the preferred teeth replacement method by both dentists and patients because they:
1. Function as Natural Teeth
Did you know that titanium—the metal used in dental implants—is biocompatible with living bone and has the unique ability to actually fuse with your jaw? So just as natural teeth have roots that serve as anchors, dental implants have a similar solid attachment to the jawbone. Dr. Kirsch, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Schuessler can insert the implant into your jaw during a simple and painless procedure. Then, over the course of a couple months, the screw will become completely fused with the bone, allowing the implant to feel and look completely natural and even indistinguishable from your other teeth. Because of the solid fusion, your new tooth will never slip or shift like dentures do and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants are a game changer, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence.
2. Implants may last a Lifetime
No other teeth replacement method provides the stability that results once an implant fuses with bone. This advantage makes dental implants the most valuable option, long term, to replace your missing teeth. Implants have the advantage over bridges in that the adjacent teeth do not need to be drilled down to fill the missing space (hereby not turning a one tooth problem into a three tooth problem.) While nobody can guarantee that implants last forever, with proper care, they have the ability to last a lifetime.
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3. Provide Safety to Adjacent Teeth
Most teeth replacement alternatives, such as bridges, depend on adjacent teeth for support. Partial dentures can weaken neighboring teeth by causing stress and making them more vulnerable to decay and bone loss. Dental implants help protect the adjacent teeth by helping them harbor the load to aid in the survival of one’s natural dentition.
4. Prevent Bone Loss
The moment you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to lose its mass. This is because living tissue, such as bone, requires constant stimulation to rebuild itself and stay healthy. In the case of your jaw, this much-needed stimulation comes from your teeth. If your jaw is left untreated with an implant and bone graft after losing a tooth, the jaw will deteriorate and it will be difficult to place an implant down the road. Should one lose enough teeth, your face will begin to have a prematurely aged appearance, and your jaw may be susceptible to fractures. Promoting jaw health by halting the process of bone mass deterioration is an advantage offered by no other teeth replacement method.
5. Require No Special Care
Caring for dental implants is like caring for natural teeth—brushing three times and flossing once daily. Also regular follow up and professional cleanings by your dentist will be required, just like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, they require no special creams or adhesives or soaking in a glass overnight. Simply continue good oral hygiene and regular visits our office in order to maintain optimal oral heath and avoid gum disease.
Hands down, dental implants are the safe, aesthetic, and simplest option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Implants have become and will continue to be the “gold standard” in replacement of a missing tooth/teeth.
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