Years ago, if you had missing teeth, the only options available to replace them were either dentures (partials or complete dentures) or bridges. There is now a better option, however, with dental implants. While dentures and bridges can be unstable, dental implants offer a tooth replacement option that feels closest to natural teeth. They are small metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once they fuse with the bone, they will be able to support the dental prosthetic, whether it is a crown, dentures, or a bridge. Your dentist at Huntington Family Dental in Calgary, AB will be able to examine your teeth and gums to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. As you consider it, here are a few things you should know about dental implants.
The success of a dental implant procedure depends on the dental health of the patient as well as the location of the implants and the expertise of the dentist placing them. Generally, however, dental implants have a success rate of up to 95%.
When a tooth is lost, it leaves behind a void. Dentures and bridges are unable to replace it, causing you to lose jawbone mass and bone density over time. When dental implants are inserted, your jawbone is tricked into thinking that the root of a tooth is present. It then is encouraged to grow new tissue around the implant to create a natural bond and allow it to act as a tooth root.
Because the implants are fused directly into your jawbone, they will be much more stable than dentures or bridges, which only fit onto or over the existing teeth. In regards to appearance, the dental prosthetics will be designed to exactly match the surrounding teeth (if natural teeth remain) or to look like real teeth.
Dentures and bridges usually restrict certain items as they could cause the fixture to become loose or damaged. Because dental implants act as real tooth roots, you are free to eat whatever you want whenever you want.
A dental bridge procedure requires some healthy tooth structure to be shaved off of certain teeth to allow them to support the bridge. Dental implants do not rely on anything and will not require the remaining teeth to be altered in any way. A dental bridge can then be placed on the implant, leaving the natural teeth alone.
To learn more about dental implants, contact your dentist at Huntington Family Dental in Calgary, AB.