Dental implants are one of the most important advances in cosmetic dentistry during the last several decades. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Rather than placing a real tooth into the bone and soft tissue, a dental implant consists of an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The titanium root is capped with a realistic dental crown that is custom matched to your existing teeth. Perhaps the biggest advantage of dental implant is the fact that human body treats an implant as a natural tooth and there is practically no jaw bone resorption at the site.
Implants vs fixed bridges
- Tooth Preservation: Unlike fixed bridges, Implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, so there is no need to crown healthy teeth to provide anchorage.
- Longevity: Dental implants, once in place, can last a person a lifetime. That more than justifies the higher cost compared bridges. As there is no natural tooth root there is no possibility of tooth decay – ever. Bridges have a lifespan between 10 and 20 years.
- Better Appearance: Missing a tooth inevitably leads to localized jaw bone loss. Since human body treats implants like natural tooth roots there is practically no bone resorption around an implant and no “gap” formation between the gum and artificial crown, as is the case with conventional fixed bridge after a period of several years.
- Greater Comfort: Since dental implants are constructed like a natural tooth, flossing and cleaning does not require specialized aids and tools.
- Implant Cost: Quality implants can cost considerably more than bridges, however, their longevity and ability to preserve surrounding bone more than compensates for the added cost.
- Treatment Time: Implant treatment takes usually between 6 weeks to several months. Bridge, in most cases, can be constructed within 2 weeks.
Implants vs dentures
- Better Appearance: In the long run implants look a great deal better than other ways of replacement of teeth, such as traditional, fixed bridges or dentures. Implants will prevent jaw bone resorption and
facial collapse .
- Greater Comfort: Since dental implants are firmly anchored in the jaw bone, they look and feel like your own teeth. If implants are used to anchor dentures there is no slipping or rocking of dentures. You can eat and smile with total confidence.
- Cost: Even though implants add cost to the treatment their long term benefits far out-weight any initial expense. If cost is a big factor you can consider “mini” implants as an alternative.
Dr. Preis will be happy to discuss with you implant treatment that will best fit your situation.