Aging, accidents, and a history of poor oral hygiene can lead to teeth becoming loose, falling out, or requiring removal. Not only can missing teeth cause embarrassment and difficulty with chewing, your jaw will actually recede when it is not supporting a tooth. A qualified oral surgeon should be able to provide patients with a few options for tooth replacement, and tooth implants are by far the most effective in restoring function and appearing just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a safe and durable option when you need a new tooth or two, and offer some benefits that other tooth replacement options do not.
Keeping Your Jawbone Solid
Simply placing new teeth into an empty space on your gums might solve some of the problems associated with missing teeth, such as damage that can occur in the jawbone. Without the stimulation of a rooted tooth in place, a jawbone can deteriorate over time. Implants can provide the stimulation jaws need to remain intact, compared with dentures and bridges that don’t. As an added benefit, they never have cavities!
Dental implants generally last far, far longer than other options to fill in missing teeth, although implants usually require patients to periodically check in with their oral surgeon or dental expert for a checkup. Implanted teeth are a long-term solution for missing teeth. With proper maintenance, they can easily last 10 years to a lifetime without needing to be replaced.
Dentures require daily cleaning, and usually need to be kept in a glass of water overnight. Dental implants remain fastened to the inside of your mouth, which should lead to far less hassle than dentures in the long run. You simply brush and floss as if they were natural teeth. With dental implants put in place by an expert oral surgeon, you won’t have to worry about them becoming loose and falling out.
Rather than having your face cave in a bit where teeth have been lost, dental implants allow you to maintain the shape of your face and smile. With a natural looking implant, you’ll have plenty of things to flash those pearly whites at. They also protect adjacent teeth by filing in a space that otherwise may have allowed nearby teeth to drift, becoming crooked and less stable.
When you need a replacement tooth, talk to us at Jessen Oral Surgery. We specialize in top-notch patient service!