• Understanding When Dental Implants Are Your Best Option for Missing Teeth

    on Mar 1st, 2019

Deciding on the best option to replace your missing teeth requires some research, advice from your dentist, and careful consideration. Ultimately, the most appropriate treatment for you depends on many important, personal factors that are unique to you and your circumstances.

Even the options available to you vary depending on your situation. In this post, we discuss dental implants, which are replacements not only for missing teeth but also for missing tooth roots.

A dental implant consists of a titanium post, which is attached to your jawbone, and a crown, or replacement tooth, which is attached to the post. Dental implants are permanent, long-lasting, and natural-looking.

Location

Where in your mouth you’re missing a tooth or teeth is an important consideration when you decide which replacement option is best for you. For example, if you’re missing one or more teeth in the back of your mouth, a bridge and crowns won’t be noticeable when you smile.

However, if you’re missing a tooth in the front of your mouth, a bridge and crowns may be more noticeable and not as natural-looking.

Bone health

Generally speaking, implants are better for bone health than other replacement options. When you lose a tooth, over time, your bone responds by shrinking. An implant, which is attached to your jawbone, stimulates your bone to grow and helps it remain healthy.

Your overall oral health plays a role in the health of your jawbone. Infections that extend through the gum tissue and into your jawbone have an impact on the health of those bones.

Because a bridge or dentures aren’t attached to your jawbone, they don’t help to stimulate it and keep it healthy. Some people experience some bone loss with dentures or bridges.

Your dentist at Roach Family Dentistry will discuss the health of your gums and bones as part of the discussion of your tooth replacement options.

Durability

Dental implants are very long-lasting. For the vast majority of patients, they are a permanent replacement option for missing teeth. They also have a 98% success rate among people who have them.

Although the cost of dental implants seems higher at first glance, when you consider the durability and permanent nature of the procedure, compared to the maintenance necessary for bridges and dentures, you’re likely to find that dental implants are less costly over time.

Appearance

Because dental implants mimic real teeth down to the bone, they provide the most natural appearance of all replacement options. The titanium post is not visible, and the crown is constructed to closely match your natural teeth.

Also, since dental implants prevent bone loss, your smile and the shape of your face are maintained, whereas they may change when you have bridges or dentures. If keeping your appearance as natural as possible is important to you, dental implants may be your best option.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the options available to replace missing teeth, book an appointment online or by phone at Roach Family Dentistry today. Our experts are happy to answer your questions and make suggestions based on your individual situation.

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