Why Choose Dental Implants over Dental Bridges or Dentures?
At Stephanie K. Dentistry, we take your oral health very seriously. We consider patient education of general dental concepts and procedures to be extremely valuable in our efforts to save our patients the time and hassle of dental procedures that could be avoided. Many people see all tooth replacement options as equal, which simply isn’t the case. Dental implants are, by far, the best tooth replacement options on the market today. Not only do they replace a tooth or multiple teeth with a working dental restoration, but they often add health benefits to your mouth. Bridges and dentures can be useful but should be weighed against the huge benefits that dental implants provide.
The Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a superior tooth replacement option primarily because of the health benefits that they give to the patient. Consider what happens when you lose a tooth. There is the obvious loss of the crown of your tooth that helps you to eat and speak properly, but there is also the loss of the root structure of that tooth. The root of a tooth plays an important role in the health of your jaw bone and the neighboring teeth, dental bridges and dentures only function to replace the crown of the tooth and provide little to no benefits for the bone in your jaw.
Bone Loss in The Jaw
Whenever a part of your body stops being used, it will begin to atrophy – this is true of the bone in your jaw. Normally the root of your tooth would provide lots of tactile feedback to your jaw bone, which stimulates it and encourages healthy bone levels. When a tooth is lost, the bone in your jaw stops receiving feedback and will begin to recede. Dental implants replace both the crown and the root of your tooth and encourage healthy bone levels, which can prevent further tooth loss.
Modifying Natural Teeth For Dental Bridges
There are a few restorative dental procedures that require your natural teeth to be modified in irreversible ways; dental bridges are one such procedure. To place a traditional dental bridge on your natural teeth, we must shave off a good portion of the crown of your tooth so that the bridge can fit over the top of the tooth. We have to alter two teeth in this manner, one for each side of the bridge. This means that these two teeth will never be able to function correctly again without the help of a dental restoration. A much better option is to use two dental implants to support the bridge, saving your teeth and adding health value.
Implants as Anchors for Dentures and Bridges
Dental implants can be used to anchor both bridges and permanent dentures, which ends up being a much more long-lasting option for your oral health. Ask us about out dental implant restorations today so that you can begin your journey to a happier, healthier mouth!
Please call us today at (602) 789-3799 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!