4 advantages of implants to replace missing teeth
Do you have one or more missing teeth? Are they causing obvious gaps in your smile, or are they in the back of your mouth and out of sight? Missing teeth are not something anyone wants. They make eating uncomfortable and take away from your natural smile, but wherever you have lost them, there are four notable advantages when you replace missing teeth with implants.
What are your options for tooth replacement?
- Dentures are a better solution for some patients who are missing multiple teeth, but are not good candidates for implants. Modern dentures are not like the ones we shudder to think about that our parents and grandparents endured. Today’s dentures are custom-fitted, look more natural and are more wearable than their predecessors.
- Dental bridges are one or more prosthetic teeth that are anchored to neighboring teeth to secure it in place. They are crafted from porcelain to match your existing teeth, both in size and color. They are more comfortable than dentures and require less of a time commitment than implants.
- Dental implants are today’s optimum solution for missing teeth, but there is a greater time commitment because the procedure takes several months to complete. All patients require a full examination to ensure they have a good foundation to support the implant, or implants. If you are a good candidate, here’s how dental implants work. A titanium post is surgically inserted into your jawbone. This post becomes your new “tooth root.” After the incision heals and the post fuses to the jawbone, which generally takes about three to six months, a ceramic crown is placed onto the post. This new tooth is carefully crafted to match your surrounding teeth, both in color and shape. It is also made to fit within your natural bite.
4 advantages of dental implants versus other tooth replacement methods
- They most closely resemble natural teeth, both in color, shape and function.
- Because they are permanent, there is nothing to slip or remove
- They continue to provide foundational support for cheek muscles
- They prevent other teeth from shifting which helps to prevent certain health problems associate with missing teeth, including misaligned bites and TMJ.
Learn more about dental implants
If you would like to learn more about how dental implants can replace your missing teeth, please come in for a complimentary consultation.