People lose their teeth every day – it’s a fact of life. As kids losing a tooth was a cause for celebration. You even made a tidy profit from the Tooth Fairy! As we age, tooth loss becomes a lot more permanent. Furthermore, missing teeth as an adult comes with severe negative stereotypes. People are often looked down upon for having missing teeth.
With the advent of dental implants, if you’re missing teeth and your gums and jaws are in good health, dental implants can help you achieve a natural-looking smile without having to resort to dentures.
Dental implants are titanium substituent “roots” that are placed into a patient’s jawbone to hold fake teeth (or one tooth) in place. These structures can be an amazing long term solution to missing teeth.
Why are dental implants better than the old fashioned alternatives of bridges and dentures?
Implants Are Less Maintenance
- Although dentures have come a long way since their invention thousand of years ago, they still require regular maintenance. Patients still have to remove them twice a day, clean them thoroughly and place them in a cup of water overnight. Who wants to sleep next to their teeth? Teeth are designed to be in the mouth. This repetitive process can often be uncomfortable or painful for the wearer.
- Bridges fused teeth together to “bridge” over the missing tooth space. They are hard to brush and floss.
- Dental implants require no special cleaning or treatment beyond brushing, flossing and rinsing. Good oral health is still required to prevent gum disease and decay, but you don’t have to remove them until they’re ready to be replaced.
Implants Are A Better Fit
- Dentures are typically held in place by globs of denture adhesive. Then you are lucky if the dentures stays in place. Most likely, the dentures will still move around and even fall out. Eating a meal or having a conversation can often become a source of extreme stress because patients are worried about the embarrassment of a denture falling out.
- Dental implants are secured directly into the jaw or gum, they are rock solid. There is no risk of falling your dental implant randomly falling out.
- Bridges damage teeth. In order for a bridge to be placed teeth have to be violently cut down to little pegs. Then the bridge is cemented onto the teeth stumps. Damaging of the teeth can be avoided by utilizing dental implants.
Dental Implants Are More Natural Looking
- Granted, dentures look a lot more natural now than when they were made of bone or ivory. However, it becomes super obvious that you’re wearing dentures when you open your mouth wide or remove them as necessary. This is especially true for metal partial dentures.
- Bridges do not stimulate the bone and gum tissue like dental implants. Thus, you will get an ugly black void of empty space underneath your bridge.
- Dental implants mimic natural teeth. Thus they look , function and feel like natural teeth.
Dental Implants Last Longer
- As dentures are known to move around in your mouth, they can also contribute to gum recession and disease. This is especially likely because dentures are recommended for people with pre-existing gum conditions. Dentures last typically between 5-7 years.
- Dental implants actually help to preserve your oral health. As they act a “roots,” they prevent facial collapse, jawbone recession and deterioration of your gum and bone. As long as you clean your teeth regularly, dental implants can last at least twenty years without having to be replaced.
- If you’re looking for a natural-looking, semi-permanent alternative to dentures, dental implants are your best option. They can provide you with the closest thing to your natural smile as possible – not even the Tooth Fairy can top that!
Pasadena Texas Dental Implant Dentist:
Dr. Nugent provides dental implant dentistry for his patients as the first line of treatment for missing teeth.
Dr. Nugent does not want to do bridges or dentures.
This is not the 1980s anymore.
Get the most advanced dental options when replacing missing teeth. Get dental implants!
Dr. Nugent is located at 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas 77504.
Call our office today and discover the many amazing benefits of dental implant dentistry.