For decades, removable dental restorations such as dental bridges and dentures have been used to effectively address problems associated with missing teeth. The use of dental implants has provided many great benefits for our patients, however.
Still, people wonder why they should get dental implants rather than opting for removable dental restorations. There are plenty of reasons why, and we’d like to cover a few of the major ones right now.
More than anything, we like to stress that dental implants function just like natural tooth roots. This offers a number of dental health advantages. For one, your bite strength with dental restorations will be comparable to the bite strength with your natural teeth.
In addition, there is added stability with dental implants compared to removable dental restorations. And since the dental implants function just like your natural roots, bone loss and gum recession as a result of the missing root is eliminated.
With traditional removable dental restorations, there is sometimes a noticeable seam line between the dental restoration and the patient’s natural gum line — this seam can become more pronounced over time if the gums recede. With dental implants, this seam line is practically eliminated, which means that dental restorations appear even more natural.
Because the dental implant process is so deliberate, the oral surgery is safe and effective for many patients. This is especially true when you consult with a prosthodontist about dental implants rather than just speaking with a regular dentist. Prosthodontists have years of additional training that gives them a greater understanding of the various structures of the mouth and how their appearance and health can be enhanced.
During the initial consultation with Dr. Platt, he’ll be able to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If not, he’ll recommend alternative treatments for you and your needs.
Missing any number of teeth and leaving it untreated can lead to serious consequences. For example, the moment a tooth falls out, the area of the jawbone that supported it loses stimulation, resulting in significant bone loss. Dental implants replace the missing tooth root, encouraging healthy bone growth.
Also, tooth loss can cause your face to look sunken or sag. Restoring your smile with dental implants allows you to maintain the shape of your face, creating a younger and healthier appearance.
Dental implants are unique because you can care for them the same way you would your natural teeth. As long as you continue to brush twice a day, floss after meals, and visit Dr. Platt for routine checkups, your implant will last for years to come.