Dental Implants: The Best Tooth Replacement Option
Dental implants are, without a doubt, the gold standard for tooth replacement. While dentures and other methods are much better than nothing, their benefits are limited and there are definite issues with convenience. For example, in the case of patients needing full dentures, the prosthesis can slip out of place when eating or talking.
Dental implant options, however, may vary in cost but they typically offer enormous benefits in terms of function, comfort, and aesthetics. For one thing, the ease of chewing with implant-based prostheses can be many times that of a full denture. Many of the sore spots and discomfort caused by a standard full denture moving against gums and jaws can be eliminated with an implant-supported prosthesis.
For patients who have lost all their teeth in one arch (row), there are two options:
- A removable prosthesis that sits on two or four dental implants and is removable. The advantages of this option are affordability and ease when it comes to keeping the prosthesis clean. This may be a wonderful choice for patients with a history of severe periodontal disease.
- A fixed prosthesis that sits on four, six, or more dental implants. This option is extremely desirable for patients who do not want a removable prosthesis and can keep up with the necessary daily oral hygiene.
Patients may desire (or need) dental implants for several reasons. Tooth loss due to trauma such as an accident is one obvious example, but patients who are suffering from deep tooth decay without enough healthy tooth structure remaining often turn to implants for optimal oral health.
Preserving Oral Health with Dental Implants
An important advantage of dental implants compared with removable denture prosthesis without dental implants (i.e., standard dentures) is added support and increase in the longevity of the remaining natural teeth.
Many times, a plain partial denture anchored to the remaining natural teeth is a step on the way to a full denture. Compared to the same situation, where dental implants are placed to add additional functional support, the remaining natural teeth generally last much longer. Additionally, the stimulation from the dental implants to replace natural teeth will help preserve the jaw bone that would otherwise be lost due to resorption.
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