Dental implants are as close to real teeth as you can get. In terms of looks, fit and function, implants stand far above other tooth replacement options.
If you have missing teeth, getting dental implants may seem like an expensive convenience. However, while implanted teeth may have a higher upfront cost than fixed bridges and removable partial dentures, they’re worth the investment.
Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss
Jawbone atrophy, or bone loss in the jaw, can affect your facial appearance and create problems with your bite.
When your teeth are missing, you’re at risk for jawbone atrophy. The natural tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate growth, so the jaw starts to shrink. Fixed bridges and removable partial dentures don’t stop this from happening, as these tooth replacements sit on top of the gums.
Implants, on the other hand, are placed directly into the jawbone and function as replacement tooth roots. With implanted teeth, the jaw has the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and strong.
Dental Implants Have No Impact on Natural Teeth
To anchor a fixed bridge or support a removable partial denture, oral surgeons have to shave down healthy natural teeth. And with the protective enamel surface removed, the teeth are more susceptible to infection and decay.
In contrast, the implant surgery process doesn’t affect the natural teeth — they’re designed to fit perfectly into the gaps left by missing teeth. As a result, you preserve your oral health when you get implanted teeth.
Dental Implants Last a Lifetime
Due to ongoing bone loss in the jaw, fixed bridges and removable partial dentures usually need to be adjusted or replaced every few years. These tooth replacements also require extra care and attention. All this can add up to seriously costly future dental bills.
Implanted teeth, when placed by an experienced oral surgeon, are almost always a permanent success. Plus, adjustments are never necessary, and caring for implants couldn’t be easier — simply brush and floss as you normally do and see your oral surgeon on a regular basis. When you choose implanted teeth, your future dental expenses are quite minimal.
At Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, serving the greater east central Indiana area, our highly trained and experienced oral surgeons specialize in tooth replacement. We can answer your questions about implanted teeth and help you decide on the best way to restore the health and beauty of your smile.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and schedule a consultation today.