When teeth are missing, you might be so dismayed that all you can think about is replacing them, no matter how it is done. With so many tooth replacement solutions available, it can be difficult to discern which one is right for you. From dentures to partials to dental implants, how do you know which treatment will give you the results you desire? Take some time to learn why dental implants serve as the standard for replacing missing teeth and how they can improve your smile’s appearance and functionality better than other treatment methods.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that restores the entire structure of your tooth from the root up. Consisting of a titanium post that mimics that natural tooth root, it also requires an abutment that attaches to the implant as well as a custom-made restoration, which sits on top and completes your smile.
Unlike dentures and dental bridges that create the look of your smile and keep your teeth from shifting out of place, dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing deterioration.
What Are Their Benefits?
If you’re trying to determine which treatment offers the greatest benefits, it is easy to see why dental implants are the most obvious choice:
- Natural look and feel: Since dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, it takes on the natural feel of a regular tooth. There is no bulky or loose object sitting in your mouth, and what’s even better is that these implants look just like normal teeth, so it’s nearly impossible for anyone to tell the difference.
- Greater stability: If you’re worried about dentures slipping or falling out, you won’t have to with dental implants because of how they are placed from the start.
- Improved functionality: Concerned you will slur your speech when talking? With dental implants, you will be able to eat, speak, and chew with confidence, never once having to worry that your implant will become loose.
- Longevity: With other types of treatment, you will need replacements after 10 years or so, but with dental implants, you can enjoy your permanent smile for decades or longer!
Why Are They the Best at Replacing Missing Teeth?
If missing teeth are left untreated for too long, your oral and overall health can be negatively impacted. Over time, the bone beneath the vacated socket can begin to weaken and nearby healthy teeth will start to shift in an effort to close the gap. This can lead to a misaligned bite as well as additional bone and tooth loss.
Patients who opt for dental bridges, full or partial dentures may see a restored smile, but the underlying problem associated with tooth loss is still not addressed. Dental implants make it possible to stop bone deterioration. By placing these “tooth roots” into the bone, it is continuing to make the jawbone stronger, providing a more stable foundation for the restoration.
If you have missing teeth, don’t just settle for a solution that gives you the look of a fully restored smile. Instead, make the worthwhile investment and opt for dental implants – the only restorative treatment that will improve your smile’s aesthetic and your oral health, too.
About the Author
Dr. Drew Addy earned his undergraduate degree and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Southern California. Attending a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles, he received training at the Kois Center, which is world-renowned. In 2017 and 2018, he was voted one of San Diego’s top cosmetic and family dentists by San Diego Magazine. Dr. Addy and his team at Carlsbad Beach Dentistry are passionate about dentistry and want all patients to have a positive and personalized experience. Individuals who are missing one or more teeth can find hope in regaining their smiles thanks to Dr. Addy and dental implants. Although patients are referred to a specialist, Dr. Addy will follow the progression of your placement in preparation for the final restoration process. If you want to learn more about us and our services, contact us at (760) 729-5881.