There are a number of tooth replacement options that can help you regain your confidence and function normally once again. The best tooth replacement option for you depends on the specifics of your situation. Options for tooth replacement include dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Each of these options are worth considering if you have missing teeth but dental implants provide a unique set of benefits. They can help prevent the deterioration of your jawbone, provide a permanent solution for tooth replacement, and give you replacement teeth that look and feel natural.
Prevent deterioration of the jawbone
When you lose a tooth you also lose the root that was attached to that tooth. The root was once in your jawbone and helped provide stability. Once the root is gone it leaves your jawbone vulnerable to deterioration. Jawbone deterioration is a common problem for people who have gone for years with missing teeth. If your jawbone deteriorates significantly it can prevent you from being a candidate for certain types of dental procedures. If you get dental implants to replace the missing teeth it can help prevent the deterioration of your jawbone. The post of the implant is put into the bone and the two eventually fuse together. This creates additional stability and prevents further deterioration of the bone.
Provide a permanent solution
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. The post is placed into your jawbone and becomes integrated into the natural structure of your mouth. The replacement tooth on top of the implant post can be permanent or removable – depending on your preference and your need. If there is ever a problem with the replacement tooth it is dealt with on the surface level, but the actual implant can remain untouched.
Look and feel like natural teeth
Dental implants provide a natural looking and feeling option for tooth replacement. Once the implants are placed you can treat them the same way you treat your natural teeth. You do not have to remove the implants to clean them or use any type of special products. You can eat, floss, and brush normally when you have dental implants. The process of getting dental implants may be more involved than other tooth replacement options but the upkeep required is much less time consuming than options like bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement. You should have them on your list of solutions to consider and explore for tooth replacement. The process of determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants will take some time and require a thorough examination by a prosthodontist. But dental implants are worth the time they require because of the benefits they will provide.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.