Are you unsure why your dentist has advised you to get a dental implant? Our Edmonton dentists list some of the reasons they might recommend this tooth replacement option in this post.
Why consider a dental implant?
Dental implants use a screw, abutment and tooth replacement such as a dental crown, bridge or dentures to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth that are missing teeth.
These permanent tooth replacements offer the stability needed to preserve your jawbone and help your natural teeth remain in place so they don't shift to fill the spot where the missing tooth once was.
Continue reading if you're curious as to why your dentist has recommended a dental implant. If you're missing one or more teeth, our Edmonton dentists can explain why you might want to consider a dental implant.
1. Dental implants address and prevent bone loss.
The loss of teeth can also cause the jawbone to deteriorate. Before placing the dental implant and tooth replacement, we can treat this with a bone graft. In addition to preventing future bone loss, using a dental implant to replace missing teeth as soon as possible protects your oral and overall health and preserves your facial structure.
2. You may smile more confidently.
When teeth are lost due to decay, trauma, dental disease, or other factors, the resulting bone loss and loss of facial structure can make people uncomfortable smiling and socializing. We can address the sunken facial appearance, chances of wrinkling, and collapse that can occur when teeth are missing with a dental implant. A healthy and natural-looking facial structure is supported by a strong jawbone, which may help you look younger for longer.
3. Dental implants prevent digestive problems stemming from missing teeth.
You may be at a disadvantage when it comes to chewing your food if you are missing teeth. As a result, you might have digestive problems. However, we can address this by replacing missing teeth, restoring your full chewing ability and allowing you to enjoy your favourite foods for many years to come.
4. Dental implants typically won't move around or fall out.
You should be able to do everything you can with your natural teeth with a permanent, custom-made dental implant, including chewing hard-to-chew foods like spare ribs and corn on the cob, coughing, sneezing, and smiling. Implants should not shift or feel loose because they are securely placed and attached to the jawbone. Infection, dental disease, or a potential injury are the only things that could cause this.
5. Your adjacent teeth will not be affected by the need for bridges, denture clasps or attachments.
While both bridges and dentures have their uses, dentures require adhesives, and bridges necessitate the grinding down of some of your natural teeth so that the bridge can be cemented to them. While this option may work if the surrounding teeth have been restored with large crowns or fillings, it is best to leave them alone if they have not been restored because the prepared tooth structure can never be replaced.
Dental implant-supported bridges and crowns do not involve the natural teeth around them, which helps to preserve more of their natural structure while also protecting your oral health.