Patients who have experienced tooth loss can receive a number of treatments from the dentist to replace the absent teeth, including fixed permanent bridges, full or partial dentures or dental implants.
Dental implants offer the most structurally complete tooth replacement, and as a result, they bring the greatest benefits to a patient’s oral and overall health.
Because they replace the root of the tooth in addition to the crown—and are the only tooth replacement method to do so – dental implants bring greater stability to the teeth and jaw. The tooth’s root not only holds the crown in place, but it also anchors the jawbone material.
In acting as an artificial tooth root, the dental implant serves this same purpose, preventing the jawbone atrophy that can lead to further tooth loss. Needless to say, if additional teeth are lost, it can further compromise your oral health. It’s best to keep as many of your biological teeth as possible.
Dental implants also are easier to maintain than other tooth replacement methods, giving another boost to your oral health. There’s no need to use any additional tools or special techniques when brushing or flossing a dental implant. With a dental implant, it is easier to minimize the presence of oral bacteria in the area, reducing your chances of developing gum disease or tooth decay.
Having a fully functional tooth replacement also offers nutritional advantages. A dental implant can withstand normal chewing forces, so patients are able to enjoy a more varied diet with fewer restrictions. Healthy, crunchy vegetables are no longer off limits! Of course, patients should still use common sense with dental implants just as they would with their natural teeth. Don’t bite directly into very hard foods or non-food items.
If you take good care of it, your dental implant can last for decades. Bridges and dentures, in comparison, often need to be replaced every five to 10 years. Keep this in mind, too, as you consider your options for tooth replacement.
Contact the office of Dr. Philip R. Kozlow at 972-458-2464 to schedule an appointment and find out how dental implants can improve your smile.