When you lose your natural teeth to disease, accident, or extractions, modern dentistry offers an excellent way to replace them through implants. By placing an artificial tooth root in your jaw, a dentist can then screw on a crown that looks like a natural tooth. It also functions like a natural tooth without having to put a denture or partial plate in your mouth.
Since an implant is rooted in your jaw where your natural tooth formerly was, it can prevent your teeth from shifting out of place. Not only will it restore your smile, but will also help you maintain it by keeping your teeth where they are supposed to be.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike fixed bridges and removable dentures that require support from other teeth, implants offer many advantages:
1. They look better: Because implants are embedded in your gum like natural teeth, they appear more realistic and natural looking.
2. They prevent bone loss: Adding an implant in the space will stabilize the gum and reduce bone resorption or loss. Anytime you lose a tooth, you risk bone loss while weakening the bone structure that holds other teeth in place. Implants not only look great but can keep your gums stable and prevent bone loss.
3. They are more secure: Implants are permanently attached to the mouth with special screws, which keep them in place better than removable full or partial dentures. If you need to replace several teeth, implants can even stabilize bridges and dentures.
4. They do not compromise natural tooth structure: As they are inserted in the jaw, implants prevent movement of other teeth.
5. They last a long time without replacement: Recent studies show that implants can last for 20 years or more, whereas dentures may need replacement after 5 to 7 years.
Bridges are often the way to replace one or two teeth, but keeping them in place means connecting with other teeth in the mouth. The dentist may remove teeth or cut them down to allow the bridge to be fastened and a crown installed. Each implant, however, is installed independently without having a negative impact on other teeth.
Implants can be costly, which makes adding a bridge a better answer if you have a number of missing teeth, rather than replacing each one with an implant. The modern approach to this problem is to have a mini implant that supports a denture.
At Williamsport Dental & Dentures, our highly trained dental professionals will examine your mouth and offer you options to best suit your situation. For a free consultation, call (570) 323-4500 or click here to schedule your appointment.