Tooth loss is an unfortunate but common reality for many people. It used to be that dentures were the only option for replacing missing teeth. However, dentures can be a big hassle as well as causing discomfort and pain. Thankfully, today you have the option of dental implants, which are a great alternative to other dental procedures. Here are a few things you should know about dental implants if you’re considering them:
1. They help to preserve remaining healthy teeth
A fixed bridge is the most common option for replacing missing teeth when there are healthy teeth remaining. However, this solution often requires the alteration of otherwise healthy teeth by filing them down to the proper size to fit into crowns that act as anchors for the bridge. This can make these healthy teeth weaker and vulnerable to decay. Choosing dental implants allows us to leave your healthy teeth alone while giving you longer-lasting, fully-functional replacements for your missing teeth.
2. They have a high success rate
Did you know that dental implants have one of the highest success rates of any dental procedure? They have a success rate of 95 to 98 percent. Of course, the success rate varies based on the dental health of the individual undergoing the procedure and the skill and expertise of the person performing the procedure. Dental implants have been around for over 30 years and have a proven track record supported by thousands of comprehensive studies.
3. They prevent bone loss
Unlike fixed bridges, dental implants can preserve the health of your jawbone. Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area begins to atrophy over time because the jawbone is no longer receiving stimulation. Implants replace the roots of the missing teeth, mimicking their stimulation of the jawbone and preventing further deterioration.
4. They’re less expensive in the long run
Dental implants tend to be an expensive procedure up front, requiring a substantial investment either all at once or in instalments. The thing to keep in mind is that this is typically a one-time cost as with the proper care implants don’t require any more upkeep or replacement than normal teeth. However, other tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges are not one-time fixes and generally require further attention or replacement throughout your lifetime. This means that many people who choose implants actually save money in the long run.
5. They make eating easier
Chewing with implants is equivalent to chewing with your natural teeth. For someone used to the hassle of dentures or worried about the restrictions that come with other dental treatment options, implants are an incredible alternative. Go ahead and have your favourite chewy lollies and eat all the crunchy carrots you want. Implants allow you to retain or regain your love of eating.
Let Crookes and Jenkins Dental help you regain your smile
Here at Crookes and Jenkins Dental, we are proud to offer high quality, modern dentistry in a comfortable, safe environment, at affordable prices. We have a wide range of treatment options and are happy to help our patients choose a treatment plan that’s right for them.