While the smile’s appearance is the primary concern for many patients with missing teeth, there are other factors to consider in your decision regarding a tooth replacement method.
For example, dental implants are the only treatmentthat offers patients a complete tooth replacement, even for the structures that are hidden underneath the gum line. In fact, dental implants can be viewed as replacements for the roots of the absent teeth.
After the periodontist places the dental implant, a screw-like structure made of titanium; it fuses with the jawbone, just as the original tooth’s root did. Not only is this method more effective at securing the prosthetic crown, bridge or denture, it also helps to prevent the jawbone erosion that occurs when the roots of the teeth are absent.
That phenomenon, known as resorption, can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth if the bone material supporting them gets weaker. If this happens, it’s even more detrimental to your smile.
Dental implants perform very similarly to natural teeth when it comes to eating and speaking. The implants stay put, which enables patients to chew more effectively and allows them to enjoy a broader diet than, say, a denture wearer.
Similarly, a dental implant will not slide out of place in the middle of an important speech (or even just a quiet conversation with your spouse).
Surely dental implants are superior in terms of appearance, too. Dental implants are so lifelike that it can be impossible for an observer to discern the implant from its natural neighbor.
Additionally, dental implants are more durable than alternatives like dental bridges and dentures. With the latter appliances, the shape of the jaw will change, requiring that the bridge or denture be refitted or even replaced periodically. A dental implant should last for decades with adequate care.
Your smile is made of much more than the crowns of your teeth. For optimal stability and functionality, choose dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact Park Cities Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, serving University Park and surrounding areas, to schedule your professional consultation today.