Missing teeth can be caused by a wide range of issues, from gum disease and tooth decay to injury or even a genetic condition. Regardless of the underlying cause of missing teeth, having a missing tooth can cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. It can also change the shape and integrity of your facial structure.
If you have lost a tooth or teeth you may be considering dental implants. You may be considering replacing your teeth to help improve the overall appearance of your face and mouth and to boost your confidence. However, you may feel unsure about what route to choose when it comes to selecting how to replace your missing teeth.
What are your options for replacing missing teeth?
The good news is there are a wide number of options to choose how to replace missing teeth, including dental implants.
Dental implants are a popular option for replacing a missing tooth. This is because they are designed to look like your natural teeth, creating a natural-looking smile.
What does dental implant treatment involve?
Dental implant treatment involves the process of surgically adding a titanium implant to your jaw. After the implant is securely in place, a replacement tooth (or teeth) is fitted to the implant. This procedure offers a permanent, long-term solution to tooth loss. Other options, such as dentures, are no permanent and can be removed.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
There are a number of benefits of dental implants, which is why the procedure has become so popular. Most importantly, dental implants feel and function just like a natural tooth. You will forget you had a tooth replacement and you will be able to eat, drink, speak, and otherwise live normally.
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants as a route to replacing missing teeth is that they are designed to perfectly match your natural teeth, both in terms of color, shape, and size.
Another benefit is the fact that dental implants are designed to stand the test of time. With proper care, they can last up to 25 years or longer. They are truly a long-term solution to tooth loss.
A key benefit of choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options is that the procedure does not involve your other teeth. For instance, a dental bridge requires placing a cap on the healthy teeth on either end of the bridge to provide support and hold the bridge in place. Dental implants do not require the use of your other healthy teeth.
This means that your other teeth will not be negatively impacted as a result of your choice to replace your missing tooth or teeth.
Are there any disadvantages to dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of 90-95%. However, this means that not all dental implants are successful. Sometimes dental implants are not an option for some individuals. This could be due to bone loss in the area where the implant needs to go. In this case, a bone graft procedure may be needed first. This can lengthen the time it takes to complete the implant.
We can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you and answer any questions you might have. We will talk with you about all the options and make sure you are happy with the tooth replacement procedure that is right for you.
As a method of replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth, dental implant surgery is an effective and long-term solution worth considering. Please give us a call today or schedule an appointment online if you would like to talk more about it.