Dental implants are now considered to be the preferred treatment for replacing missing teeth. There are a number of reasons why people have missing teeth – injury to the mouth where permanent teeth are lost, hereditary periodontal disease, poor dental hygiene, childhood illness. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, people typically have three options: dentures, implants, and bridges. For many years, dentures were the general way for replacing missing teeth. Today, however, if people can afford the procedure, dental implants are the preference.
Dental implants are done through a straightforward surgical procedure. A surgeon will place a titanium screw in the jaw bone and a prosthetic tooth is secured to the implant. Dental implants are a permanent solution to a missing tooth. They do not wiggle or slip, unlike dentures. Dental implants are also healthier for the gums and bone. Dentures that wiggle and slip in a person’s mouth can tear down the gum line and jaw bone, cause infection, and make dentures not fit properly. Most people who have had dentures and then replaced them with dental implants report that their implants are easier to care for than dentures. Dental implants can be treated just like regular teeth – brushing and flossing regularly to ensure oral health.
It is true that dental implants cost substantially more than dentures and bridges, the they are a permanent solution; the other two options are not. Also, most dentists agree that implants are healthier for the mouth because having the screws implanted into the jaw bone “tricks” the bone into thinking that there are teeth. Thus, the jaw bone will continue to grow and thrive. If you are in need of replacing a tooth or multiple teeth, consider dental implants for maximum results.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery
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