For a baby, losing one tooth or more brings some sense of fun and curiosity as it is a sign of growth and development. But for adults, having a missing tooth could lead to some great drop in self-esteem, hamper eating habits, and could even affect one’s lifestyle in general.
Little do some know that adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime, however, growing up, and living also comes with a certain unsolicited change of plans; one of which could be finding replacement for a lost tooth or teeth. When it comes to replacing a lost tooth, there are quite a few options available such as bridges, dentures, and dental implants.
Each of the listed treatment options sure has its fair share of pros and cons, but I dare say dental implants have far higher advantages when compared to both dentures and bridges due to specific reasons which we would examine in this article.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a permanent and more stable solution for replacing a lost tooth. Same way every tooth has a root deep down in the gum that helps keep it in place, same way a dental implant has a “root” that is made from titanium and the “tooth” or crown itself made from porcelain.
This titanium root is fitted into the jawbone through a surgical process, and through a process known as osseointegration, the bones surrounding the titanium root grows and combines with it, thereby making the implant very strong.
Once the titanium root is fully healed, the dentist crafts a dental crown that fits the very shape and size of the missing tooth. Unlike dentures, this dental crown blends perfectly with your teeth in shape and color.
Differences between dentures and dental implants
In this section, we would consider some of the differences between a dental implant and a denture- which used to be the conventional replacement for missing tooth.
- A denture is basically a false tooth that is fit into the space of your missing teeth
- Dentures need to be removed every evening and cleaned separately
- Dentures are prone to movements when eating or talking
- Since a denture has no root of its own, it requires support from the adjacent tooth to hold it in place
- When compared to dentures, a dental implant does not require the regular individual cleaning dentures are known for.
- Once fully healed, a dental implant is so stable, it neither moves or shakes while eating or talking
- A dental implant does not require any form of support from the adjacent tooth as it has its own ‘root.’
- A dental implant happens to be durable and can also last a lifetime once properly managed
- Since the dental crown is crafted based on your existing teeth shape and the missing tooth size, Implants do not change your face shape
- Unlike dentures, dental implants provide comfort and increase self-esteem
However, just like any other surgical procedure, dental implants are also known to have a few downsides which are however readily manageable.
Some of these downsides are:
- They are more expensive than dentures
- Habit like Smoking can affect the long term success of an implant
But in all, a dental implant is a better alternative when it comes to replacing a lost tooth or teeth, brings a level of comfort and self-esteem, and is far more durable since it supported firmly by its own titanium root. If you still have questions, please call us and set up an appointment and we can discuss what is the best option for you and your dental needs. Everyone is different and we find what’s best for you. Call Angel Dental of El Monte at 626-444-2002.