Top 5 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

May 10, 2019

There are usually two reasons a tooth would need to be extracted. This may be due to bone loss caused by periodontal disease or a result of extensive decay. Considering nearly half of our adult population struggles with periodontal disease, it is unsurprising that nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Combine this with the fact that about 40 million have no natural teeth at all and that is a significant amount of tooth loss. It used to be that if you were missing teeth your only option for replacement was a full or partial denture or a bridge. That is no longer the case. In most scenarios the best option for replacing missing teeth is a Dental Implant. They can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. Sometimes they are used to anchor a denture or as a part of a bridge unit. We’re sharing our top 5 reasons dental implants are your best option!

Dental Implant compared to natural teeth in jaw.

Here is a dental implant as compared to adjacent natural teeth.

Improved Quality of Life

In most cases, dentures don’t fit well. The majority of people who get dentures are rarely happy with them. They are very difficult to adjust and often click or slide around. Or you have to use an adhesive every day to keep them in place. The differences between your natural teeth and dentures are many, making them difficult to adapt to. Implants maintain bone health and integrity. When a tooth is extracted, over time the bone in that area will deteriorate. If you replace the missing tooth with an implant, you are able to maintain the bone, which is great for the surrounding teeth. This will also prevent facial collapse, the sunken look you may have noticed in others who have dentures. As you can imagine when bone or teeth are lost it becomes more difficult to speak naturally and to chew food. Implants prevent this from ever being an issue.

Built to Last

Most restorations and even dentures aren’t made to last forever. Dentures will need to be adjusted or replaced as your bone dwindles. A bridge may last 5-10 years, but an implant can last a lifetime. If placed properly the success of implants is near 98%. You can’t get much closer to a guarantee than that! Implants have been around much longer than most people realize, and the 30 year survival rate is over 90%.

Preserve Remaining Teeth

Placing an implant maintains bone integrity and density, having a low impact on the surrounding teeth. This can not be said for bridges or partial dentures. A bridge uses 2 teeth to fill a missing space. If anything happens to either of the natural teeth, the entire bridge often must  be removed and replaced. A partial denture uses remaining teeth for support, which can cause periodontal issues and places additional stress on the natural teeth. An implant actually supports itself without adding stress to surrounding teeth.

Natural Looks

You may have concerns about the look of dental implants, but there is no need to worry! When done properly, an implant is not distinguishable from other teeth. It may look similar to a crown, but most people won’t even realize that. Most importantly it will feel natural to you, but will also look natural to others. Once your implant is complete and you leave our office with a crown, you won’t even think about it being different from your other teeth. It will feel as comfortable as having your own tooth back.

No Decay

Because implants are titanium they are resistant to decay. Once an implant is placed, if cared for properly,  you never have to worry about it needing future treatment. Implants can still suffer from peri-implantitis (the implant version of periodontal disease), so it is important to maintain optimal home care habits. If you use regular floss, implants do need to be treated just a bit differently due to their contour, but this will be discussed with your dentist after the implant is complete. If you’re using a water flosser this is not an issue.

 

Dr. Gile and Dr. Cramer  have both placed many implants over their careers and they are absolutely the best option for replacing missing teeth. Whether or not you are a candidate for implants depends on your existing bone structure and how much space is available. At Hadlock Dental Center, we take care to view exact bone level and make placement as accurate as possible. Once we can evaluate the amount of bone remaining we will be better able to determine if an implant is right for you. If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth, let’s discuss it at your next visit, or give us a call to schedule!

 

Resources:

American College of Prosthodontists

https://www.prosthodontics.org/assets/1/7/ACP_Talking_points_for_Missing_Teeth_1-12-15.pdf

Ritter Implants

https://www.ritterimplants.com/blog/top-10-reasons-choose-dental-implants

American Academy of Implant Dentistry

https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implants/who-can-benefit/

UIC College of Dentistry

https://dentistry.uic.edu/patients/dental-implants-benefits

 


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