When you lose your natural teeth to disease, accident, or extractions, modern dentistry offers an excellent way to replace them through implants. By placing an artificial tooth root in your jaw, a dentist can then screw on a crown that looks like a natural tooth. It also functions like a natural tooth without having to put a denture or partial plate in your mouth.
When the implant is rooted in the jaw, it serves like a natural tooth would to prevent teeth from shifting out of place, which ensures a confident, great looking smile and prevents the problems of misalignment.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
When compared to fixed bridges and removable dentures supported by other teeth or gum tissue, implants offer numerous advantages:
1. Better appearance: Like natural teeth, implants are placed in the gum, which makes their appearance more realistic and natural-looking than other alternatives.
2. Less bone loss: Extractions and other tooth losses leave a hollow space in your mouth which will weaken the bone structure that supports other teeth. Adding an implant in the space will stabilize the gum and reduce bone resorption or loss.
3. More secure: Implants are permanently attached to the mouth with special screws, which keep them in place better than removable full or partial dentures. If you need to replace several teeth, implants can even stabilize bridges and dentures.
4. Preserve natural tooth structure: Implants do not compromise other teeth.
5. Long-lasting: Recent studies show that implants can last for 20 years or more, whereas dentures may need replacement after 5 to 7 years.
Bridges are often the way to replace one or two teeth, but keeping them in place means connecting with other teeth in the mouth. The dentist may remove teeth or cut them down to allow the bridge to be fastened and a crown installed. Each implant, however, is installed independently without having a negative impact on other teeth.
Implants can be costly, which makes adding a bridge a better answer if you have several missing teeth, rather than replacing each one with an implant. The modern approach to this problem is to have a mini implant that supports a denture.
At Advana Dental & Dentures, our highly trained dental professionals will examine your mouth and offer you options to best suit your situation. For a free consultation, call (806) 355-6700 or click here to schedule your appointment.