What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often a better choice for replacing missing teeth than dental bridges or removable dentures. In fact, Implants are actually the replacement of your tooth’s root. Implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone and are made of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone. Currently, a dental implant is the only dental restoration that acts the same as your natural tooth.
Dental implants do not use adjacent teeth for anchors; like dental bridges. Implants do not rest on your gums like partial dentures either. As a result, your implant can remain cleaner without places to trap food causing future decay.
Dental Implants vs Conventional Dentures
Many patients with dental implants describe a better quality of life than those that have fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures can make you feel and look older, cause embarrassment in social settings, and restrict the food choices that you can eat comfortably. Also, dentures do not last a lifetime like implants can.
Patients say their implants eliminate the frustrations and discomfort of conventional dentures. Implants allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without food restrictions. With a boost in self-confidence, many people enjoy an active lifestyle shared with family and friends. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better… they look better… they live better.
Dental implants can have a success rate of up to 75% with proper care. The success rate can vary depending on where in the jaw the implant is attached and the health of the bone the implant is placed into.
What are Advantages of Dental Implants?
Since dental implants actually become part of your teeth and jawbone they last longer and have fewer complications than bridges or partial dentures. Bridges can create problems for the adjacent teeth and often fail within 10 years. Studies show that within five to seven years there is a failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture. Partial dentures can slip, create embarrassing noises while eating, and have a shorter life span. Properly cared for, implants can last your lifetime.
Dental implants are often a better choice for people that would otherwise need a bridge or partial dentures. Talk with your dentist about your options for getting a dental implant.