The Benefits of Dental Implants
December 14, 2017
Dental implants, performed by your local Huron dentist, are an excellent solution to missing teeth, restoring both the look and function of your smile. Consisting of a “root” made of titanium and a handcrafted ceramic or porcelain crown, they look and act just like the real thing.
Dental implants can look the same as your own teeth. Before your implant’s crown (the tooth portion of the implant) is made, your Huron dentist will take detailed impressions of your teeth and jaws to make sure the fit is perfect. You have every opportunity to customize the fit, color and shape.
Plus, dental implants don’t just look the part; they function just like real teeth. Thanks to that titanium root, which over time securely integrates with your own bone, you can carry on enjoying your favorite foods...no matter the texture.
Dental bridges, a popular alternative to missing teeth, generally need replacing every 10 to 15 years. Dental implants are designed to last and are very successful long term. Look after your implant carefully and it may never need replacing.
An implant may seem like the more expensive option, but the cost of repeat dental bridges adds up. Dental implants could work out to be a better value in the long run. There’s also the convenience of not needing to visit your dentist each time your bridge needs replacing or, worst-case scenario, becomes detached.
Bridges are secured to the two teeth either side of your gap using crowns. This means that your dentist needs to reshape these teeth for a good fit, removing a portion of the tooth’s surface. The downside of this is that, even if you decide to opt for an implant in the future, these two teeth will always need dental crowns, which will need replacing periodically.
Additionally, because you’re not replacing the missing root of the tooth, eventually the bone in this area will break down, a process known as bone resorption. This can affect your profile if you have multiple missing teeth, and it can make fitting an implant in the future a more complex procedure, which may require a bone graft.
Dental implants, conversely, don’t damage the surrounding teeth in any way, and unlike bridges or dentures they will preserve your bone level.
Because dental bridges are cemented in place, there is the potential for them to loosen or dislodge altogether. Assuming the bridge itself isn’t damaged in the process, your Huron dentist should be able to simply reattach it. Meanwhile, dentures rely on a precise fit and over time your teeth and soft tissues can change shape, causing your denture to loosen – affecting your ability to speak and eat confidently.
Unfortunately, not every eventuality is avoidable. If you’re concerned about the risk of a bridge or denture failing, you may want to consider dental implants. The implant integrates with your jaw bone and are very secure.
Implants, conveniently, aren’t susceptible to tooth decay, but it’s still very important to maintain good dental habits and see your Huron dentist regularly, to prevent periodontal disease. The result should be a long-lasting tooth that’s the next best thing to one you grew yourself.
If you have any questions about dental implants, please call or visit the friendly professionals at Dakota Family Dentistry. Call us at 605-352-6999.
Last Modified: 12/14/2017 8:56:45 am MST