It is true that bridges and dentures remain the most popular solutions for missing teeth. However, if you want a permanent solution, you should consider dental implants.
Let’s first start with the need to replace teeth, just in case you think they’re not necessary. Having even a single tooth replaced is necessary, especially if you want to maintain your appearance and you just lost a front tooth.
But even if the tooth you lost wasn’t visible when you smile, it still needs to be replaced. You’ll be able to chew your food better, plus it prevents any remaining teeth from drifting into the empty space in your gum line.
Dental implants are fixed into your jawbone, where your tooth used to be. The implant then fuses to your jaw bone over a span of a few months, and then becomes the foundation of your new replacement tooth.
If you’ve lost several teeth in a row, your replacement bridge doesn’t have to be supported by the adjacent remaining teeth. They can be supported by an implant as well.
Why are dental implants so highly regarded?
One of the main reasons is that this feels the most natural replacement for missing teeth. You don’t have a support framework that involves other teeth, and instead you have an implant that works as the foundation. This foundation that has fused with your jawbone makes it among the most reliable and durable of your tooth replacement options. An implant is simply stronger than a bridge or dentures, and it’s almost like you have your old teeth again.
Dental implants feel more natural so your speech isn’t as impaired. They’re also very natural-looking. All in all, they’re the best for restoring your teeth’s function and appearance, and you can be very confident that your replacement teeth will stay in place. With proper maintenance, a dental implant can last for the rest of your life.