To replace a lost tooth, or several lost teeth, you have a number of options. For instance, a bridge can replace one or a few adjacent teeth; a partial denture can replace several teeth, even if they’re apart; and a full denture can replace an entire row of teeth. Yet the reason many people choose to get dental implants is not to replace conventional prostheses, but to improve them by adding the support of one or more anchored roots.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are small posts designed to mimic the functions of natural teeth roots. Depending on the size of the prosthetic you need to support, one or more posts can be implanted within the jawbone in place of lost teeth roots. The benefits of dental implants include;
- Significantly improved stability compared to conventional bridges and dentures – Your replacement tooth/teeth will be secured to root-like anchors, improving their strength and preventing them from shifting around when you bite and chew.
- Improved longevity and long-term oral health – Implant posts can last for life with the right care and maintenance. Also, when you bite and chew, the stimulation promotes a healthy, strong jawbone, reducing the risk of tooth loss in the future.
- Preservation of your healthy teeth – With a dental bridge, the healthy teeth adjacent to the ones you’ve lost must be modified to support the prosthetic. By contrast, implant-supported crowns and bridges stand on their own so you don’t have to reshape your healthy tooth structure.