Many people have lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to a variety of dental reasons. You may be weighing your options between Dental Implants, a Dental Bridge, or a Removable Dental Partial. Dental Implants are considered the standard of care and what is recommended to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Here are the reasons to choose Dental Implants:
1. Aesthetics: Dental Implants look and feel most like natural teeth. In fact, most people cannot tell by looking that you have a dental implant. Dental Implants prevent the bone from melting or resorbing away. This common occurrence happens after a tooth is extracted. A dental implant will help preserve the bone and prevent a sunken or deficient appearance.
2. Comfort: Because Dental Implants are a permanent and a long-term restoration, you don’t need to worry about them dislodging, moving, or shifting. Dental Implants allow you to function normally in your everyday life. You can speak, eat, and smile as you would with your natural teeth. Dental Implants are custom placed and restored specifically to your smile, so they are comfortable to you.
3. Strength: A Dental Implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone where a tooth is missing. The bone then adheres to the implant over a several month period, making it a stable part of your jaw. This process makes them strong and stable and long-term restoration. Dental Implants are the best choice for stability, reliability, and long-term success when thinking about replacing a missing tooth/teeth.
4. Care: It is of the utmost importance to maintain regular visits to your dentist. Many people think that going to the dentist can be expensive, but neglect and long periods of time between visits end up costing you more. After a dental implant is placed, your dentist will schedule you for periodic recall visits to check your implant to make sure it’s healing properly. After your implant is restored, your dentist will recommend that you follow up with your regular recall visits. You will care for your implant in the same manner as your natural teeth. Proper brushing, flossing, and using a Waterpik are important maintenance for a Dental Implant to keep your bone and tissue around the implant healthy. Although Dental Implants are not susceptible to cavities, you can still develop bone loss and gum disease, which may cause the implant to fail.
5. Neighboring Teeth: In dental bridge, neighboring teeth to a missing tooth are prepared for crowns and a “fake” or “pontic” tooth, as it is referred to, will replace the missing tooth. This creates a situation in which 3 teeth are used to solve a single tooth problem. Long term bridges can decay, fracture, and loosen. A dental implant is different in that it simply fills in the space that is left after a tooth is extracted. Neighboring teeth are left alone so the Dental Implants have no impact on them.
Dental Implants are the gold standard of care to replace a missing tooth for many reasons. Want to know more about Dental Implants? Contact us or call our Highlands Ranch dental office at 303-694-9740 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Parsons. We have been handcrafting smiles in the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Castle Pines, and Parker area since 1982.