There are essentially four options available for anyone who loses a tooth or several teeth. These are leaving the gap as it is, having dentures, having a bridge fitted, or having a dental implant placed. We don’t recommend the first option as leaving a gap in the teeth; however unnoticeable it is, is not a good idea and can lead to issues such as misaligned teeth.
Both dentures and bridges have been around for a long while and both fulfill the role of replacing a missing tooth to some degree. Neither are without their drawbacks though, with dentures sometimes being uncomfortable and potentially unstable for some wearers, whilst a bridge can require healthy teeth to prepare so that the bridge can attach.
The best dental implants near me offer the most promising option for our patients. They do require some minor dental surgery; followed by a longer healing time, but overall this relatively modern treatment provides perhaps the best long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.
Let us take a look then at some of the most significant benefits of having dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Although implant placement is a fairly lengthy procedure compare to most dental treatments; it also provides a long-lasting solution to the problem. Unlike many teeth restorations which may need replacing after a few years; dental implants can last for twenty years or more once they have become successfully integrated with the jaw bone. Of course, this will depend mainly on how well you look after them, but fortunately, this is relatively straightforward and requires no fiddly cleaning, unlike dentures. We will look more at the cleaning of implants a little later.
Strength and stability
While dentures and bridges offer a certain level of strength, they come nowhere near to the power of teeth implants. This means that, once fully integrated, you can use your dental implant precisely as you would a healthy natural tooth. This strength is also related to the stability of the tooth. While dentures can sometimes move around in the mouth a little; the implant replaces the missing tooth’s root and provides a highly secure anchor for the crown to be attached.
Although there may be a short transitional period following the placement of the implant where things might feel a little strange, once you have become accustomed to your new replacement tooth; there is no reason why you will even need to think about it anymore on a day to day basis other than to clean it properly. Most of our Canterbury patients who have had this treatment some years ago tell us; that they now see it as ‘just another tooth.’
The implant is usually make of titanium and hides beneath the gum line. What you see, though, is the crown attach to it. Dental Clinic uses only high-quality dental crowns which are strong; stain-resistant, and natural-looking.
Ability to eat
One of the most significant drawbacks of dentures is that; after trying a little, many people give up on eating certain foods because they are difficult to chew with their dentures. This is not the case with dental implants, and there is no reason you should avoid your favorite food; however ‘tough’ it is to chew. A healthy implant will manage this just as easily as a healthy natural tooth.
Retention of jawbone
A significant difference between both dentures/bridges; and dental implants is that implant placement is the only one that replaces not just the crown part of the tooth but the root too. An artificial tooth root means that the bone in that area is not reabsorbed by the body; as is the case for dentures and bridges. This avoids the likelihood of teeth movement and changes to the shape of the face.
Ease of cleaning
Both dentures and bridges are pretty fiddly to clean and make doing so a laborious process. On the other hand, dental implants require none of this and can clean as you would a natural tooth.