What is the best option for replacing missing teeth?
Are you looking for the best option to replace missing teeth? Are you tired of dentures that do not afford you the ability to enjoy the wide range of foods you love?
Anyone with missing teeth knows first-hand how important each tooth is in the proper functioning of your mouth. On a basic level, it makes eating food less enjoyable. But on further review there are much more serious consequences. We have written several posts on this topic if you would like to read up about the many unexpected impacts of missing teeth – from bone loss in the jaw to shifting teeth and a misaligned bite (TMD) which can cause all sorts of complications.
The good news is that there are several options to replace missing teeth. It’s best to visit your dentist to discuss which option is best for you. By far one of the best options, for those who are suitable candidates, are dental implants.
How do dental implants work?
During the implant treatment a small titanium post is inserted into the area of the missing tooth which acts as a substitute for the root of the tooth. The jawbone forms a bond with the titanium, creating a very strong anchor.
A custom made crown is then fitted on the titanium post, made to look and function naturally and to fit perfectly with your other teeth.
At Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group, implants are used individually, or to support a number of treatment options, including implant-supported bridges and dentures. With CEREC, same day crown technology, when the implant is ready, Dr. Mahara can even provide a high quality ceramic crown to fit the implant in a single visit.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants have several advantages that make them an ideal replacement for teeth. Most importantly, an implant functions much like a natural tooth. Pressure in the jaw from the implant acts like the root of a tooth to stimulate bone growth and prevent the loss of bone that happens underneath a denture or dental bridge.
On an aesthetic level, dental implants most closely resemble your natural teeth, especially when a ceramic crown is used. And implants actually have less impact on surrounding teeth. Unlike a dental bridge, which requires that dental crowns are placed on the two adjacent teeth to support the bridged tooth, implants do not require restorations on the neighboring teeth.
Success rate with dental implants is very high. It’s critical to keep in mind, however, that it’s as important as ever to practice good hygiene and have regular professional cleanings with your dental implants. Since implants function like a natural tooth they can be brushed and flossed normally. With a diligent routine care that includes regular professional hygiene appointments, implants can last for many years.
Are dental implants right for you?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. The best candidates for dental implants have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant.
Our team of dental professionals welcome your questions about dental implants and all of your family’s dental health needs! Make an appointment with a dentist at Downtown Dental Group in Nanaimo today.