If you have lost one or more teeth, you are probably considering your replacement options. You do have the option of not replacing a lost tooth, but when you do replace a tooth, dental implants are the best choice, and probably the most powerful reconstructive dentistry procedure.
Why Replace Lost Teeth
If you have lost one or more teeth, it’s important to replace them. Of course, lost teeth are highly visible when you talk or smile, which can lead to people making judgments about your health, personality, and circumstances.
But tooth replacement also has important practical benefits. Teeth help each other stay in place. When one is missing, other teeth may drift into the open space, leading to crooked, tilted, or rotated teeth. You can also experience supereruption of the opposing teeth.
Your teeth share the forces of biting and chewing together, and when one is missing, neighboring teeth have to bear more force, which can make them more likely to chip or crack. Chipping and cracking is more likely once teeth start to tilt or drift.
You also lose chewing efficiency when you lose one or more teeth. This can make it harder to properly chew food, leading to poor digestion. It can also make you steer away from healthy foods that are hard to chew.
Crooked teeth are also harder to clean. Between this and the increased risk of chipping and cracking, leaving an empty spot in your teeth makes it more likely that you will lose more teeth.
Thus, replacing lost teeth preserves the appearance, function, and health of your teeth. Ideally, it prevents the loss of future teeth.
Dental Implants Do It Better
If you look at the reasons why it’s important to replace teeth, it’s clear why dental implants are the best tooth replacement: they do all the functions better than the other options.
Dental implants and dental bridges are both attractive tooth replacements. But dental implants can maintain their appearance over the years. There’s a risk that a dental bridge might look attractive now, but unsupported bones and gums might recede, creating a space under the bridge. Implants stimulate the bone and support the gums so they don’t recede.
Dentures and bridges can help teeth stay in place, but removable dentures are less good at it because you often have them out, especially when eating. Dental implants work just like the missing tooth to hold the space and keep teeth from drifting.
Dental implants also do the best job of dividing the force from biting and chewing. Dentures support little of this force, if any. A dental bridge can take biting and chewing force, but because it’s supported by teeth on either side of the gap, your natural teeth are still enduring more force. Dental implants support themselves. They can take the same biting and chewing force as any of your natural teeth.
Dentures and dental bridges both present cleaning challenges. A single-crown dental implant is treated just like your natural teeth: brush, floss, and make regular dental visits.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
In addition to all the above benefits, dental implants are also the longest-lasting tooth replacement available. A removable denture will likely last eight years or less. A dental bridge can last 10 or 15 years. A dental implant can last 50 years or more. The crown on top of the implant likely won’t last that long, but even it can last for decades.
Considering Dental Implants in Summerlin?
Have you lost one or more teeth and are looking for tooth replacement in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas? Let us help. Please call (702) 873-0324 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. James B. Polley to learn if dental implants are right for you.