Implants replace the root of the missing tooth unlike bridges, dentures, and partials.
In addition, dental implants can last a lifetime! Implants are the only form of complete tooth replacement that replaces both the root and the crown of the tooth.
Bridges, dentures and partials replace only the visual crown of the tooth and need to be replaced sometimes multiple times over the course of your lifetime.
More importantly, without the replacement of the root of the tooth with a dental implant, the loss of your jaw bone is inevitable with bridges, partials and dentures. Experts say up to 30% of your bone can be lost within the first year and up to 60% within the first 3 years following tooth loss. The replacement of the root of the tooth with a dental implant helps to maintain the health of your jaw bone, the functions of eating and speaking, and ultimately your appearance.
The loss of teeth results in the loss of bone support leading to dramatic changes in face shape and contours making you look years older than you actually are. In addition to rapid aging, the loss of bone support results in ill-fitting dentures, uncomfortable partials, and black spaces around bridges.
When considering different options for tooth replacement, implants should be one of your first considerations because the root of the implant stimulates the bone similar to the natural tooth which ultimately maintains your eating, speaking, and confidence in your smile.
There are a few major differences between a traditional crown and bridge and an implant supported crown or bridge.
Dental implants preserve your natural jaw bone. Traditional bridges do not. Implants can last a lifetime. Traditional tooth supported bridges and crowns on average last from 10-15 years. Dental implants replace the root of the missing tooth. Traditional tooth supported bridges do not. Bridges require that neighboring teeth on either side of the missing tooth be ground down into pegs to accept the supporting crowns that attach to the fake tooth. Traditional bridges generally cost less upfront. However, this is not always the case and when one considers the additional longevity and health benefits of dental implants; they are probably cheaper in the end. Not all dentists have remained current on dental implants and their benefits; therefore, some dentist may still promote traditional bridges as the best option to replace missing teeth out of a lack of understanding and experience with dental implants.
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