Top 5 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

May 10, 2019

Teeth require extraction usually for one of two reasons. Either due to extensive decay or due to bone loss resulting from periodontal disease. 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. Dental implants are usually the best option for replacing missing teeth. 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!

Here is a dental implant as compared to adjacent natural teeth

Here is a dental implant as compared to adjacent natural teeth

Improved Quality of Life

Dentures don’t fit. The majority of people who get dentures are rarely happy with them. They are very difficult to fit well and often slide around or click. Or you have to use an adhesive every day to keep them in place. Dentures are a difficult change to adapt to when you’re used to natural teeth. Implants maintain bone health and integrity. When a tooth is extracted, over time the bone in that area will deteriorate. By placing an implant in its place you are able to maintain the bone, which is great for the surrounding teeth as well as aiding in preventing facial collapse. 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 properly placed the success of implants is near 98%, that’s about as close as you can get to a guarantee in the medical field. Implants have been around much longer than most people realize, and the 30 year survival rate is over 90%.

Preserve Remaining Teeth

As we discussed earlier 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 has to be taken out. A partial denture uses remaining teeth for support, which can cause gingival issues and places undue force on the natural teeth. An implant actually supports itself without adding stress to surrounding teeth.

Natural Looks

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. It will look natural to others and feel natural to you. Once a crown is placed and your implant is complete, 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. This means 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 using regular floss, they 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. Cramer has placed many implants over his career 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 Cramer Dentistry, we utilize a Cone Beam Scan to view exact bone level and make placement as accurate as possible. Once a cone beam scan has been taken we will have the information needed 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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