Tooth loss is a fact of life for millions of people. About 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and over 36 million have no teeth at all. Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue, they also impact the health of the remaining teeth and gums.
When it comes to replacing teeth you should consider dental implants. Dental implants are a popular choice because they’re the closest option to natural teeth. When it comes to the best dental implant for you, look to Dr. Irfan Atcha at the New Teeth Chicago Dental for quality advice based on his years of experience.
Here are three reasons why you should consider dental implants:
Dental implants preserve the bone
With fixed dental bridgework, the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for stability. Some procedures even require grinding away healthy teeth. Resin-bonded bridges don’t require grinding other teeth and have fewer problems than fixed dental bridges. However, they also aren’t as stable. Dentures are another option. But, they’re often uncomfortable and can impact speech. You also have to follow a limited diet to avoid potential damage.
Dental implants are connected to the bone using a titanium rod. Once in place, they don’t move or stimulate bone growth. With this option, your healthy teeth are left alone and your jaw won’t suffer.
Dental implants work like regular teeth
With bridges and dentures, cleaning teeth can get complicated. Fixed bridges are difficult to floss and other bridges and partial dentures are less stable. Complete dentures require removal and regular cleaning, which can be a nuisance. Dental implants, on the other hand, are very stable and don’t require removal as they’re implanted directly into the jaw.
Dental implants can be brushed and flossed like your teeth. Plus, they look and feel like regular teeth because of how they’re implanted. That means no messy adhesive to remove and you don’t have to worry about replacing a tooth in a bridge. You can also eat as you did before losing the original teeth.
Dental implants don’t need replacing
All types of bridges and dentures will wear over time and eventually need replacing. With bridges, it’s usually between five to 10 years and for dentures, it’s about seven to 15 years. This means they’ll cost more to be replaced and since they’re not preserving the bone surrounding them you could end up losing more teeth and paying more money.
Dental implants are permanent and once they’re set in your jawbone they can last for a lifetime with proper, routine dental care. This reduces long term costs and gives you natural-looking teeth you can be proud of.
Do you want a healthy and shining smile that’ll last a lifetime? Make an online appointment with Dr. Atcha, and our team, to learn what dental implant option is best for you.