Have you lost a tooth or are you facing the loss of a tooth? If so, then replacing that tooth is vital not just to the appearance of your smile, but to its health
You have three options for replacing your lost tooth or teeth: dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Dental implants are the best option available.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants are a better tooth replacement option than dentures. Dental implants are fixed in your jaw, which means they won’t slip when you’re smiling, laughing, or talking. They also give you the full force of your bite, so you can continue to eat all your favorite foods—and you won’t have to remove your denture at the table.
Dental implants also require no special care. Just brush and floss like your natural teeth. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, so you won’t lose jawbone, which will happen if you have dentures. Basically, your body realizes it doesn’t need the jaw to support your teeth and removes bone material. Partial dentures that are secured with hooks and clasps can also cause wear and decay on adjacent teeth. Dental implants support themselves and don’t affect your other teeth.
And dental implants have the ability to last for decades or even a lifetime, unlike dentures that usually need to be replaced regularly.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
Dental implants are also a better tooth replacement than dental bridges. A dental bridge is usually better than a denture because it’s fixed by being supported by your natural teeth, but dental bridges do have limitations.
A dental bridge is supported by neighboring teeth, which means that those teeth have to be modified to place a dental crown. If those teeth are healthy, that means removing healthy, irreplaceable tooth material. It also means that if the dental bridge fails, it may damage those teeth seriously. A dental bridge requires that you clean underneath the artificial tooth, which isn’t necessarily that hard, but is an extra step.
Dental bridges also don’t stimulate the jawbone, which can lead to loss of jawbone and gum material under the bridge, seriously affecting the appearance of the bridge.
Still Not as Good as Your Natural Teeth
Although dental implants are great tooth replacement options, we do have to note that they are still not as good as your natural teeth. Whenever possible, it’s best to preserve your natural teeth. Even teeth that have been infected and need to be restored with a root canal are better, overall, than dental implants.
But if you have lost a tooth, nothing is as good at replacing it as a dental implant.
If you have lost one or more teeth and want to talk to our office about getting dental implants in Seattle, please call (425) 867-5119.