Losing a tooth, whether it’s from tooth decay or periodontal disease, can cause a range of problems to your overall health. Over time, missing teeth that aren’t replaced may cause other teeth to shift. When this happens it causes problems with your bite and even bone loss in your jaw.
Missing teeth have emotional impacts as well. Gaps in your teeth make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, which may even cause you to hide your smile.
While many patients may choose to replace missing teeth with bridges or dentures, Beatriz Parra, DDS, and the team at Millennium Dental recommend dental implants due to their high patient satisfaction rate, longevity, and natural appearance.
Why choose dental implants?
In some cases, bridges and dentures are the best choice, but dental implants often have higher satisfaction rates and are recommended in the majority of instances. They are sturdier than bridges and don’t slip around in your mouth like dentures.
But before we discuss the advantages of dental implants, here’s a summary of the other two most common tooth replacement alternatives:
Some bridges are supported by dental implants, but two common types are not: a tooth-supported fixed bridge and a resin-bonded bridge.
A tooth-supported fixed bridge is the most common type, and while this option has some pros, it involves reshaping your adjacent teeth to attach and support the bridge.
A resin-bonded bridge is often used to replace missing front teeth and is a good option for many patients, but is unlikely to last as long as a dental implant.
Full or partial dentures are popular tooth replacement options if you’re missing several teeth. A removable partial denture is not as comfortable or as stable as a dental implant and it doesn’t look as natural. It may cause the bone underneath to deteriorate over time as well.
If you’re missing several or all of your teeth, full dentures may be a good choice for you. However, they usually only last between seven and 15 years. However, in some cases, you may be able to get implant-supported dentures.
Benefits and advantages of dental implants
There are several reasons so many patients seek dental implants over other tooth replacement options. Dental implants don’t interfere with your speech like dentures sometimes can and they function just like your natural teeth. With implants, it’s easy to forget that you were ever missing teeth in the first place.
Other advantages include:
- Natural appearance: implants look and feel like your natural teeth
- Comfort: dental implants don’t irritate your gums
- Easier eating: you don’t have to avoid certain foods with implants
- Better oral health: implants are cared for just like natural teeth
Unlike dentures and bridges, which lack long-term durability, dental implants are designed to be permanent. With proper care, your implants can last the rest of your life.
High success and satisfaction rate
Dental implants have a success rate of around 98% and an equally high patient satisfaction rate as well. This is proof that they work, and you’re all but guaranteed to be pleased with the results.
Our team at Millennium Dental is happy to answer your questions regarding dental implants. If you’re wondering whether dental implants are a good option for you, book an appointment online or by phone today.