Tooth loss can occur for many reasons, including tooth decay, injury, or periodontal disease, and missing teeth can cause a host of problems, even impacting your overall health. If you don’t replace your missing teeth, your other teeth may shift, affecting your bite or leading to bone loss in your jaw. A missing tooth also leaves your remaining teeth more vulnerable to bacteria that can cause decay.
Missing teeth can have psychological repercussions as well, making you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, and maybe even causing you to hide your smile. Fortunately, there are a number of tooth replacement options, such as bridges and full or partial dentures, and dental implants rank at the top when it comes to function, appearance, longevity, and patient satisfaction.
Why dental implants are a superior choice
While bridges and dentures are the best choice in specific cases, dental implants often lead to more satisfactory results and are recommended in the vast majority of instances. According to a recent study, patients who are fully informed and have realistic expectations have a high degree of satisfaction with dental implants for years following the procedure.
Before we discuss the advantages of dental implants, here is a brief overview of the other two most common tooth replacement alternatives:
Some bridges are supported by dental implants, but there are two common types that are not: a tooth-supported fixed bridge is the most common. While this option has some pros, it does involve reshaping the adjacent teeth to attach and support the bridge.
Another type is a resin-bonded bridge. This is often used to replace missing front teeth and is a good option for many people, but is unlikely to last as long as a dental implant.
Full or partial dentures are viable tooth replacement options if you’re missing several or all of your teeth. A removable partial denture is not usually as comfortable or as stable as a dental implant, it often doesn’t look as natural, and it may cause the bone underneath to deteriorate over time.
If you’re missing all of your teeth, full dentures may be a good choice. Dentures usually last between seven and 15 years, and in some cases, you may be able to get implant-supported dentures.
The advantages of dental implants
There are a number of reasons so many patients seek dental implants and are so often highly satisfied with their results. Dental implants don’t interfere with your speech in the way that dentures sometimes can and they function just like your natural teeth — with implants, it’s easy to forget you were ever missing teeth in the first place.
Other advantages include:
- Natural look: implants look and feel just like your own teeth
- Comfort: there’s no slipping or moving, so dental implants don’t irritate your gums
- Eating more easily: it can be difficult to eat with dentures, but that’s not the case with implants
- Better oral health: implants don’t damage your other teeth and can be easily flossed
Dental implants are also a long-lasting tooth replacement solution. They are designed to be permanent and often last a lifetime.
The success rate of dental implants
Dental implants have a success rate of about 98%, and an extremely high patient satisfaction rate as well. That means they work, and you’re virtually guaranteed to be pleased with the results.
The dentists at Midtown Dental are happy to answer questions and discuss your tooth replacement options, especially regarding dental implants. If you’re wondering whether or not dental implants are a good option for you, book an appointment online or by phone today.