You know you need to replace your missing teeth. Having gaps in your smile and the potential for dramatic changes in your facial shape is enough to have you eagerly searching for the ideal solution. Fortunately, at Shore Dental, our team of professionals can help by recommending dental implants. But what makes them so unique? Apart from the fact they are surgically implanted into your jawbone for permanency and greater stability, the benefits of dental implants are unmatched by any other tooth replacement solution. We invite you to spend some time reviewing the following ways in which dental implants stand out above all other treatment options. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact our office.
Dental Implants vs. Traditional Counterparts
When comparing dental implants against a fixed bridge or dentures, you will quickly discover why they are far superior in style, functionality, stability, and lifespan.
If you are looking for a less invasive process, a fixed bridge can be applied to cover the gap in your smile. These restorations are created by fusing three or more dental crowns to fill in areas of your smile that have consecutive missing teeth. They can be placed along the top or bottom arch, and they require the use of your natural, healthy teeth to be placed.
The teeth on either side of your gap will be filed down to ensure proper placement of your bridge. Once it is ready, the outer crowns will be cemented over your health teeth while the interior crowns will sit atop your gums to create a restored look.
If you have missing teeth that are not consecutive, or you are missing all your teeth along the top or bottom row of your mouth, it is also possible to receive a partial or full denture. These tried and true restorations have been around for centuries, giving people the opportunity to restore their smile without an invasive procedure.
Created using an acrylic gum-colored base, artificial teeth are then placed within the base and shaped to fit your mouth. A partial denture uses metal clasps or clips that are connected to your teeth while a full denture requires your natural suction to keep in held into place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Now that you know a bit more about the alternatives, it’s time to consider the benefits you’ll receive by choosing dental implants. These include:
Improved oral health: Because the implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, this keeps your bone stimulated and prevents weakening. It also minimizes the risk of possible changes in your facial shape that are often caused by bone resorption.
A longer-lasting restoration: Unlike a fixed bridge or dentures that must be replaced ever so often, implants, with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Greater functionality: While dentures can accidentally slip while eating, dental implants are firmly in place because they are fused to your bone and surrounding tissues. This makes it easier for you to eat, chew, and speak with confidence.
Low maintenance: There are no special tools or products you need to clean your implants. Instead, you can continue to use your regular oral hygiene instruments (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash)
High success rate: The success rate for dental implant placement falls between 95 and 98%!
No chance of decay: While it is true that your implants cannot decay, your natural, healthy teeth surrounding it can, which is why it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene for a lifetime.
Enhance Aesthetics: Your dental implants will look and feel completely natural, giving you boosted confidence and an improved appearance.