If you lost a tooth 20 years ago, you had two options. You could have a crown placed over the remainder of the tooth, provided that any of it could be saved. Or, if you were missing a number of teeth, you could get dentures. While those options have been improved over the years with the addition of new filler materials such as composite and porcelain, there is another option that is proving to be even better: dental implants.
Dental implants are essentially tooth replacements. They consist of three parts: a titanium implant that attaches to the jaw bone; an abutment that fits over the top of the implant protruding from the gum line; and the crown, which is the prosthetic tooth that attaches to the abutment. Each component must be placed separately, which is the main reason implants are costly and time-consuming.
But those are about the only negatives regarding implants. Studies have shown that implants last much longer than both dentures and crowns, the latter of which has an average five year replacement rate. So the initial cost of implants may be higher, but in the long run, they save you money.
The other aspect of dental implants versus crowns and dentures is that they require virtually no tooth removal to place. For crowns and dentures, the dentist must remove part of the adjacent teeth, which weakens those teeth and can eventually cause them to decay.
Finally, dental implants are almost always more aesthetically pleasing than bridges or crowns because they appear almost identical to the original tooth, nestled into the gum area with a very natural appearance. Unlike other cosmetic approaches, implants also rarely move or shift, so there is no change in the bite over time.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
Less than two hundred years ago people who lost teeth as adults were simply out of luck. They had to live with embarrassing gaps and missing teeth for the rest of their lives. Luckily, today that is not the case. Even with proper oral hygiene, some people today still face the unsightly outcome of missing teeth. Whether a medical condition such as diabetes has caused your teeth to become damaged, or whether you have not always practiced proper oral care, dental implants are the most beneficial form of permanent tooth replacement.
Unlike dentures or partials, dental implants are put into a person’s mouth permanently. There is a process involved, but the outcome of dental implants is superior to other teeth replacements in many different ways. Dental implants not only look like they belong in your mouth, but they feel like they belong there. Many people with dentures and/or partials will tell you that their biggest fear is their “teeth falling out” while talking or eating.
With dental implants, this fear is not valid. Dental implants are implanted into the gum and jaw so that they are permanent fixtures in the mouth. People can also experience a huge improvement in their speech with dental implants because they will not slip out of place, which causes many to slur their speech or mumble while talking. Dental implants can also give you back your award winning smile and help to improve your self-esteem.
Dental implants are a durable, easy to care for solution for missing teeth. With proper dental care, your implants and the rest of your teeth can last you for the rest of your life!
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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