If you have lost a tooth or have teeth that need to be removed, you have a few options. You can choose to simply leave the empty space, get a fixed bridge, opt for dentures, or have dental implants placed. There are a few reasons that your Jacksonville dentist will likely recommend dental implants over the other options, however.
Preserve or Improve Your Appearance
Dental implants have come a long way and the coloration, texture, and even light diffusion capabilities of implants are now comparable to natural teeth. If you are having a tooth that was rotted or broken replaced, a dental implant may improve your appearance and smile. Implants are made to be the exact size, shape, and color of the teeth that they replace, so it won’t look like you have false teeth.
Can Be Cared for Like Natural Teeth
Dental implant posts are integrated into the jawbone and abutments and crowns are attached. There is nothing that needs to be removed as with dentures and there is no empty space to collect food debris as with missing teeth. This means that as long as implants are brushed, flossed, and cared for by a dental professional along with natural teeth they will continue to look clean and healthy.
Last for a Lifetime
Bridges generally have to be replaced every five to seven years and dentures have to be replaced every few years depending on the quality of the dentures and the amount of care taken to keep them clean. Implants typically last a lifetime as long as they are well cared for. The material that’s used to make implants is durable, so it will not break or wear with normal use.
Prevents Bone Deterioration
Leaving a missing tooth untreated, getting dentures, or even having a fixed bridge placed allows the jawbone to deteriorate under the missing tooth. Since the post of the implant is actually integrated into the jawbone, implants don’t allow this deterioration. This helps to retain the natural shape of the face and prevent sagging.
Are More Comfortable Than Other Options
Many patients complain that dentures are uncomfortable to wear and use, placing limitations on what can be eaten, slipping out of place, and sometimes causing sores to form where they rub unnaturally on the gums. Fixed bridges can cause similar limitations and missing teeth can be tough to eat around. Implants function and feel just like natural teeth, so you can eat what you want and never have to worry about these issues.
If you are considering dental implants for your tooth replacement needs, call your local Jacksonville dentist today to find out more.