Dental implants are an extremely popular choice amongst patients who have lost a single tooth from their smile and are hoping to replace it. Implants are widely considered to be the closest alternative to real teeth because they both look completely natural and are anchored into the jaw in the same way as their original teeth.
Many people think that dental implants are only for single missing teeth. However, dental implant technology is now being widely utilized to support devices designed to replace multiple missing teeth – better known as bridges and dentures.
There are a number of different reasons why implant-supported versions of restorative dentistry solutions are considered superior to their conventional counterparts.
Restorations that are supported on implant posts are permanently secured to your mouth. While this means that you cannot remove them for cleaning or maintenance, it also means that you don’t need to worry about them slipping around or coming loose – two potential embarrassments that are common in wearers of conventional dentures.
Traditional dental bridges are attached using crowns that are placed on your teeth either side of your gap. However, over time this can place these natural teeth under pressure, causing dental problems and even breakages to occur. However, since bridges placed on implants use the implant posts as anchors rather than your natural teeth, you can avoid unnecessary damage to them.
Patients who wear conventional dentures often find mealtimes stressful. This is because they worry about their teeth moving around, or in some cases, even falling out as a result of eating. When you choose implant-supported restorations, you can relax and enjoy whatever foods you like without having to worry about them pulling out your teeth.
Dental implants have been shown to be extremely resilient and long-lasting. With the right care at home and by your dentist, your implant-supported restoration could last several decades or more. Better still, most require very minimal maintenance – just your regular check-ups.
Bone loss is a common problem for patients who are missing teeth. This is because tooth roots help to stimulate new bone growth and keep it strong and healthy. This ensures that our face and jaw have a definition. However, without tooth roots, the bone continually deteriorates until there is very little left. Dental implant posts work in the same way as tooth roots as their placement encourages bone growth, ensuring that the jaw doesn’t shrink or start to change shape.
If you are fed up with wearing uncomfortable dentures or the compromises that you feel that you make while wearing them, or if you have a bridge and are concerned about the effect that it is having on your natural teeth, implant-supported restorations may be the solution you are looking for. To find out more about either of these restorations or to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dental team, please contact our offices today.