Patients have multiple considerations when deciding on a treatment following tooth loss. Appearance, function and comfort are all influential. For the best performance in all of these areas, an increasing number of patients are turning to dental implants as a tooth replacement solution.
As long as the patient has adequate bone at the implant site, an oral surgeon can use dental implants for a variety of tooth loss scenarios. Implants can anchor a single prosthetic crown, a bridge or even a complete denture.
This modern dental technology represents a dramatic improvement over older appliances like dental bridges and dentures. A dental implant provides the most structurally complete replacement tooth available, which offers numerous advantages to patients.
Patients who work with an oral surgeon to get dental implants gain more stability over time. Through osseointegration, the process by which the jawbone forms a bond with the surface of the titanium implant, the device takes on a root-like function. That is, the dental implant helps to prevent jawbone atrophy, which reduces the change in the shape of the jaw following tooth loss.
Alternatively, appliances that only replace the crown portion of the tooth or teeth allow jawbone resorption to progress. As the jaw’s contour evolves, the bridge or denture may lose its fit and need to be replaced. This occurrence is much less likely with an implant-supported prosthetic.
In fact, because the appliance is less likely to need to be replaced, many patients find dental implants to be a more cost-effective treatment in the long term.
Additionally, dental implants tend to be more convenient than other tooth replacement methods. They require minimal additional or special care in comparison to biological teeth (although you still must be conscientious about brushing and flossing to keep them in good shape!). Dental implants also have less of an impact on a patient’s diet, as implants allow them to continue to chew many foods.
Have you lost a tooth or multiple teeth? Explore what dental implants have to offer as a possible solution. Schedule a consultation with a member of our expert surgical team.