When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have several different options. One such option is a fixed bridge. There are numerous dentists that recommended dental care be approach from the perspective of conserving the tooth, and inserting a fixed bridge generally requires that the altering teeth be healthy. For your teeth to be preserved and offer a natural looking solution, dentists tend to suggest dental implants as a superior, less invasive, and longer-lasting solution.
Dental implants were designed to be a total tooth replacement. They are three separate mechanisms of a dental implant: the post, the abutment, and the restoration.
The implant post appears similar to that of a screw. It’s generally constructed of titanium, and it will integrate into your jawbone similar to that of the root of a tooth—a process that is referred to as osseointegration. Now, the abutment attaches to the implant post, and then the restoration—aka the crown—attaches to the abutment.
#1 – Keep Your Teeth from Moving into the Vacant Space
When a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth will sooner or later start moving in an attempt to fill that empty space. Unfortunately, this can lead to a variety of oral health complications. Crowded or unevenly spaced teeth are more difficult to keep clean and may cost you financially later in orthodontic care. If you have a dental implant placed now, you will ensure that your teeth remain appropriately spaced and are able to be cleaned with ease.
#2 – Preserve Your Jawbone
If you opt for a fixed bridge over a dental implant, eventually, the jawbone will start to deteriorate beneath where the tooth used to be. This deterioration occurs since the jawbone is not receiving adequate stimulation due to the missing tooth root. The same thing can occur if you have dentures that aren’t implant-supported. The longer that you hold off on receiving implants, the more likely the jawbone will lack the integrity necessary to receive implants without a bone graft.
#3 – Implant-supported Dentures
There are numerous individuals who complain about an assortment of complications regarding their dentures, from sunken lips and mouth sores to food restrictions and poor fit. If you have dentures right now, you can get a permanent option with dentures that are implant-supported. There are a variety of procedures available, some of which support a full arch of prosthetic teeth with as little as four dental implants.
#4 – Maintain Your Appearance
As your jawbone deteriorates due to missing teeth, it generally results in a sunken face, causing you to looks several years older than you truly are, which is why most people who wear dentures complain of having sunken cheeks and think lips. Implant posts offer the stimulation that the body requires to produce healthy and dense jawbone material, keeping your face full and youthful.
Implant dentistry has been available for decades, but it is now supported by 3D CAD/CAM software, digital imaging gear, ceramic restoration milling machines, as well as computer tomography. A dental professional with the latest state-of-the-art technology will be able to show you your potential treatment results before you even begin treatment. If you select implants as your tooth replacement option, speak to your dental professional about the different implant treatment options.
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