If you are missing teeth, talking to your dentist will open your eyes to your tooth replacement options—for example, dental implants. Below is some helpful information, as well as a few good reasons to consider dental implants.
Tooth replacement options
While there are several options to replace missing teeth, like placing a fixed bridge, most dentists will agree that the primary goal of dental care is to preserve patients’ natural teeth for as long as possible. The downside of a bridge is that the procedure usually requires altering healthy teeth. To preserve all your other teeth, your dentist is likely to offer a less invasive, longer lasting, natural looking solution: dental implants.
About dental implants
A dental implant is a complete tooth replacement procedure that is made up of three components: the post, abutment and restoration. The implant post looks a lot like a screw, normally made of titanium, which is placed into the jawbone to act like a tooth root. The abutment attaches to the post, then the restoration (also known as a crown) is attached to the abutment. Some reasons to consider dental implants include:
- Prevent teeth from shifting: An empty space is left in your mouth when you lose a tooth. As a result, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin to shift and move toward the void. Although the empty space may not bother you, the truth is that teeth shifting can cause a number of dental complications. For instance, crowded teeth or unevenly spaced teeth are more difficult to keep clean. You can keep your teeth properly spaced and easier to clean by placing an implant soon after losing a tooth.
- Implant-supported dentures: The top complaints dentists hear from patients with dentures are about poor fit, sunken lips, sores inside the mouth and too many food restrictions. To remedy these issues, consider swapping your dentures for a fixed, permanent solution: implant-supported dentures. Various procedures exist, so talk to your dentist today.
- Save your jawbone: Choosing a fixed bridge instead of a dental implant means your jawbone will eventually begin to deteriorate underneath the missing tooth space. This can happen due to a lack of adequate stimulation to the bone without a tooth root—this also occurs with non-implant dentures. Waiting too long to get a dental implant may weaken your jawbone to the point that, in order to get an implant in the future, you’ll likely need a dental bone graft.
- Regain your appearance: It’s unfortunate, but when your jawbone begins to deteriorate because of missing teeth, there’s a high chance that this will cause your face to appear sunken in. This can seriously alter your normal appearance, and can even make you look years older. It’s for this reason that people who wear dentures often report having thin lips and sunken cheeks. Dental implant posts can help maintain healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking like you.
Choosing the best tooth replacement option for you can change your life! If you want to find out more about the benefits of professionally placed dental implants, contact the team at Modern Smiles Family Dentistry today.
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