When evaluating the advantages of dental implants versus more traditional restoration options like bridges or dentures, dental implants are often the best choice for adults of any age. Whether you need implants because of infection and decay or are missing teeth because of an injury, there are many reasons to choose dental implants over traditional solutions.
The root and crown are the two main features of a natural tooth. The root keeps your tooth in place inside your jaw, and the crown is what you use to chew with. When considering natural teeth against implant-supported replacement teeth, one can see that they are very similar. Each has a crown and a root, and their only difference is what they are made of. The implant is made out of titanium which has been tested and used for artificial joints by surgeons for years now.
Once you have lost a tooth, the surgeon will replace both the root and the crown. To replace it, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant. In order for the bone to successfully heal and eventually grow around the implant, you must allow time for this healing to take place.
During the healing process, the titanium and bone bond with each other, and this creates a strong foundation for your replacement teeth. A support post will be put on the implant and your replacement tooth is then placed on top of it. Usually, a temporary tooth can be put on to the implant right away once the post is installed. Keep in mind though, that even if all of your teeth are gone, there are still many treatment options available to support new replacement teeth.
Let’s start with the simple fact that dental implants are built to last over a long period of time. They are made of quality materials and can withstand decades of use. On the other hand, dental bridges and dentures often require numerous fittings and adjustments and can require replacement after just 7 or 8 years.
Dental implants can last over 25 years, which is why your lifestyle is critical to maintaining healthy implants. Union City Oral Surgery will evaluate your lifestyle habits like brushing and flossing, eating and chewing, as well as your ability to see your dentist every six months. Dental implants typically have a 95% success rate, but it’s imperative to take care of them to ensure the longest lifespan possible.
Another important factor in choosing dental implants would be that they prevent bone loss in your jawbone. If you have an empty socket in your mouth after losing a single tooth, you can develop deterioration in your jawbone. Due to the way dental implants are secured into the jaw bone, they have been known to stimulate bone growth. It’s important to get an implant in place quickly if you have lost a tooth.
The same cannot be said of bridges. Many times teeth that are adjacent to your empty socket will need to be ground down in order to secure a good fit. This is also the case for those considering a partial denture as a solution to replace a lost tooth.
Dental implants will always have a secure fit in your mouth, unlike their denture counterparts that have been known to fall out of the wearer’s mouth or make odd noises when speaking. When wearing dental implants, you don’t have to worry about what you are eating and you can be active without the fear of losing your teeth. You also don’t have to deal with the embarrassment of removing them at night for cleaning. Dr. Nancy Herbst has served as an oral surgeon for over 25 years and was given Jersey Choice’s Top Dentist award in 2018. Contact her office to schedule your appointment today.