Why Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth the Best
Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) indicate that nearly 70% of U.S. adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have at least one missing tooth as the result of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. Many options exist to replace missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures. However, one option stands out as the best: dental implants.
In short, dental implants are replacements for the root or roots of a tooth. The implant is screwed into the jawbone and used to secure crowns, bridgework, or dentures.
What makes dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth? Here are some of the reasons why
1. They last.
With proper care, dental implants can last for decades. The crown—or the ceramic tooth that is fastened to the implant and looks like a natural tooth—may need to be replaced over time (10 to 15 years), but the actual abutment and screw will last for much longer.
2. They are strong.
Because they are secured in the gum or jaw and act as an anchor for the dental crown, dental implants are very sturdy. They are made of titanium because of its lightweight, strong, and biocompatible properties, which make the dental implant unlikely to be rejected by the body.
3. They are comfortable.
Implants will not slip or move. They are deeply implanted into the jaw. This eliminates any embarrassment and discomfort associated with dentures slipping or, worse, falling out. Minor post-operative discomforts are quickly forgotten while you enjoy the long-term predictability that comes with dental implants.
4. They don’t cause any long-term damage.
Because partial dentures or fixed bridges depend on the abutting natural teeth for support and retention, they can cause damage to those teeth over time. This will lead to more dental work, more discomfort, and more expenses. With dental implants, this kind of will not occur, the replacement teeth that are self-supporting.
5. They let you eat with ease.
Dentures and bridges, alternative teeth replacement options, rest on the gum ridge leaving small gaps. These small openings make biting and chewing uncomfortable and unnatural. Since the implants are firmly anchored to the jawbone, there are no gaps between the gum line and the replacement tooth. Chewing and eating becomes as easy as it was with all natural teeth.
6. The final result is like having natural teeth.
As the AAOMS says, “They will look, feel, and act like natural teeth.” There is a big difference between looking like and functioning like natural teeth. Aesthetic results may be achieved with alternative replacement options, but no other method will allow you to eat, feel, and look like you did before the replacement procedure.
The doctors at Cumberland Surgical Arts have been performing dental implant surgery for years. Our patients leave happy with the way their mouths look and feel. Our safe approach to dental implant surgery ensures that your procedure is done using the appropriate anesthesia with the latest technologies in practice to achieve the best results. If you are one of the many adults in need of a tooth replacement, dental implants may be right for you.
Schedule an appointment and find out how we can replace your missing tooth with dental implants. In the meantime, check out our eBook, Top 3 Best Ways to Replace Missing Teeth.
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