Although many people are bothered by the cosmetic ramifications of edentulism — missing one or more teeth — it’s more than just an aesthetic issue. Missing teeth can affect the functionality of your mouth, making it difficult to speak clearly or eat comfortably.
Thankfully, you have many options to consider when it comes to replacing a missing tooth or teeth: Dentures, bridges, and dental implants all replace missing teeth. Dental implants are considered the gold standard for teeth replacement.
Researchers predict an increase of 23% of people with at least one implant by 2026. It’s no surprise why dental implants are a popular choice: They’re durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Here, our expert team at The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, highlights five reasons you should consider dental implants.
Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw. A dental implant consists of a titanium post (root), a metal abutment (connector), and a crown (prosthetic tooth).
The implant post stimulates your jawbone just as your natural tooth roots do. Without such tooth roots, you’re at risk of developing jawbone atrophy. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and, in the process, help maintain the integrity and structure of your mouth.
Although it’s best to save a natural tooth when possible, dental implants do an excellent job of looking and functioning like a natural tooth when you need a replacement. Implants are aesthetically pleasing, and chances are good that no one will even know you have an implant unless you tell them.
Dental implants function like your normal teeth, meaning that you can continue to brush, floss, and eat as you did before. In contrast, dentures have a hard palate on top, which can make it more difficult to judge the temperature of your food and can limit your ability to fully enjoy your food.
Your dental implant post fuses with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Because of this, your dental implant is intended to be permanent. The crown that sits on top of your implant may need repair or replacement at some point if it becomes damaged, but with proper dental care, dental crowns can last 15 years or longer.
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that requires two anchors for the replacement tooth, which is called a pontic. The anchors — two healthy teeth surrounding your missing tooth or teeth — are filed down and capped so they can support the pontic.
Dental implants don’t require the use of anchor teeth because the implant post inserted into the jawbone supports the entire tooth replacement.
Dental implants can replace one tooth or a full arch of teeth. This means that implants are comparable options for both dental bridges and dentures. Yet implants are much more convenient. Implants:
If you’re embarrassed by a missing tooth or struggling to eat comfortably, don’t put off replacing your tooth. Dental implants restore the functionality of your mouth, protect the integrity of your jaw, and boost your confidence.
We’re on a mission to provide top-notch care through the use of our on-staff prosthodontist and our on-site dental cone beam CT scanner. This scanner provides highly detailed 3D images that help shape your dental implant treatment plan without ever having to leave our office.
Ready to get started? Call The Masters Dental Group team at 210-349-4424 to schedule your dental implant consultation today.