If you have experienced tooth loss due to injury, you may have a number of options for replacing your missing tooth or teeth. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of each treatment so that you can make an informed decision about which tooth replacement will be best for you.
Tooth Replacement Options
Patients typically can either choose from conventional tooth replacement prosthetics, such as dentures or fixed dental bridges, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. The conventional approach replaces only the crown portion of the missing tooth, while dental implants replicate the root in supporting a prosthetic crown or other appliance.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are structurally complete, they offer patients a variety of advantages when compared to standard prosthetics. In acting as artificial tooth roots, dental implants secure the jawbone tissue and help prevent its erosion. That phenomenon ensures that the implant-supported appliance will retain its fit through the years.
Additionally, for single tooth loss, dental implants have the ability to stand alone, which means that healthy enamel on surrounding teeth won’t need to be sacrificed to place crowns that support the pontic. Another benefit of dental implants is that these devices are much more effective at chewing than conventional dentures or bridges, due to the bond between the bone and the implant.
Of course, in order to benefit from all of these dental implant qualities, patients must be diligent about maintaining their oral health, as conditions like uncontrolled gum disease can cause premature dental implant failure. Work with your periodontist to make sure that you’re practicing adequate oral hygiene and getting the professional care that you need.
When it comes to tooth loss solutions, dental implants are the only structurally complete treatment option, and that quality is associated with many advantages to patients. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and determine whether they’ll be an option in your case.