Whether you are looking to replace a single missing tooth or a span of teeth, dental implants are often the preferred method of tooth replacement because they offer a number of benefits over other types of tooth replacement options. If you are in need of a permanent tooth restoration, it’s probably time you talk to your dentist about whether dental implants are the right option for you.
For individuals who need only a single tooth replaced, a dental implant can serve as the secure base for a dental crown, providing the look and feel of a natural tooth. This option not only offers you the chance to replace your tooth in a way that makes it look completely natural, but it also provides you with the same benefits as if you never lost your tooth in the first place. Once the implanted titanium post has healed, your bone will begin to integrate with the post and this process will help maintain bone strength. In contrast, if your tooth is replaced in such a way that the bone is no longer used (such as if you get a dental bridge that will hold a crown in place by attaching it to the adjacent tooth or teeth), the bone can begin to atrophy over time due to lack of function, which can leave you with other potential problems.
Where benefits are really noticed when it comes to dental implant procedures are when a span of teeth require replacement. Traditionally, when a patient needed to replace a section involving multiple teeth or an entire upper or lower span of teeth, they’re only option was to get a removable denture. This was not always comfortable and did not typically provide the natural look that most people desired. Although dentures have come a long way since those we may remember our grandparents wearing, the option to now have a span of multiple teeth permanently secured in the mouth through the use of dental implants provides numerous benefits.
As mentioned for a single tooth replacement, the implants help to maintain bone health and strength by providing an ongoing function for the bone, which prevents it from atrophying over time. The introduction of implants into the bone results in osseointegration, during which the bone surrounding the implants grows around the implant to permanently secure it into the jaw. This improves bone strength over the long term, in contrast to any tooth replacement method that does not involve integration with the jawbone.
Additionally, since a span of teeth can be permanently secured in the mouth through the use of implants, wearers can enjoy the comfort and aesthetic benefits of having teeth that look and feel more natural compared to those that must be removed and then re-secured daily. This makes wearers feel more confident and adds to the comfort level of those who must have multiple teeth replaced. In fact, many wearers of implant-supported dentures claim that it feels like their “new” teeth function just like they were naturally theirs.
For more information about dental implants for single and multi-tooth replacement, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.