Top 5 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

May 10, 2019

Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults are missing at least one tooth? That’s 178 million people! Nearly 40 million Americans have no natural teeth at all.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 to see tooth loss at this level. It used to be that if you were missing teeth your only option for replacement was a full or partial denture or a bridge. Technology has come such a long way that is no longer the case. Dental implants are generally the best option for replacing missing teeth now. They can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. Occasionally they are used as an anchor for dentures or as a part of a bridge unit. We’re sharing our top 5 reasons dental implants are your best option!

 

Dental Implant compared to natural teeth in jaw.

Here is a dental implant as compared to adjacent natural teeth.

Improved Quality of Life

The process of making a denture is very difficult and results vary widely. The majority of people who get dentures are rarely happy with them. They don’t fit well, sliding and clicking around the mouth. Most denture patients have to use an adhesive every single day to keep them in place.  This can feel foreign and uncomfortable compared to natural teeth, most never adapt. Implants maintain bone health and integrity. After 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. 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

As bone deteriorates over time dentures need adjustment and eventually replacement, because they aren’t made to last forever. Even with advancements in the dental field, a bridge may last up to 5-10 years, but an implant has the potential to last forever. If properly placed the success of implants is near 98%. Implants have been around much longer than most people realize, and the 30-year survival rate is over 90%.

Preserve Remaining Teeth

Once an implant is placed it helps preserve the bones integrity and density, having a low impact on surrounding teeth. Unfortunately, a partial denture or bridge cannot provide this support. A bridge uses 2 teeth to fill a missing space. If restorative work is needed on 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 is self-sufficient and supports itself without adding stress to surrounding teeth.

Natural Looks

A successful implant is not distinguishable from your natural teeth. It may look similar to a crown, but most people aren’t able to tell the difference. 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 as different from your other teeth. It will feel as real as the teeth you were born with.

No Decay

Implants are titanium so they are resistant to decay. After a successful placement and with proper care you’ll never have to worry about needing future restorations. Implants can still suffer from peri-implantitis (the implant version of periodontal disease), so combining good home care with routine wellness visits is still vital.  When it comes to flossing; implants need to be treated slightly different due to their contour. Once the implant is completed your dentist will educate and support you in maintaining optimal home care. If you’re using a water flosser this is not an issue.

Dr. Crane and Dr. Cramer have placed many implants over their careers 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. Here at Dental Care of Vashon, we use the latest technology to view exact bone levels and make placement as accurate as possible. Once a comprehensive exam is done 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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