One of the more common issues that people go to the dentist for is to replace missing teeth. Whether they have been knocked out by accident or whether it is due to decay, gum disease or old age, missing teeth need to be replaced. This isn’t just because missing teeth look bad, but because it can have an impact on the health remaining teeth and your jaw bone.
Dentures and bridges were teeth replacements used until fairly recently the most common methods of tooth replacement, but dental implants are becoming increasingly common. As you will probably already know, dentures are removable false teeth. Bridges, on the other hand, use neighbouring teeth as an anchor, and the false tooth is attached to them using a metal band and held in using dental cement. Dental implants are now being seen as a much better solution, however.
When you lose one of your teeth, it creates a gap in the jaw bone which was previously filled by the tooth root. Dental implants are replacements for the tooth root which are made of titanium. The titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone to create a permanent, solid base to attach a false tooth to.
There are a lot of benefits of dental implants over other forms of tooth replacement methods. Firstly a common problem with traditional denture treatment is that people find it hard to eat certain foods. Trying to eat hard or tough foods with dentures can cause the dentures to become loose, and also the force of the bite puts pressure on the gums which can cause gum inflammation. With dental implant treatment, you can eat whatever you like.
Bone loss in the jaw is another risk from tooth loss. The missing tooth will have a gap where the tooth root used to be. Having a gap in the jaw bone is a bad thing because it can lead to bone degradation which can permanently change the shape of the jaw and have a negative effect on the appearance of an individual. This problem doesn’t exist with dental implants as the gap is filled with titanium which actively encourages growth in the jaw bone.
A final major advantage that dental implants have over bridges is that the treatment has no effect on nearby teeth. Since the bridge needs to be attached to the neighbouring teeth, healthy parts of these teeth need to be removed and also any future damage to these teeth will make the bridge treatment useless. Since dental implants do not impact on the nearby teeth, this risk is taken away.
While dental implants are often more expensive than other methods, they’re worth the investment for the myriad of benefits they offer.