If you have lost a tooth or are facing the loss of one or more teeth, you may be trying to decide between your tooth replacement options. Dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants are all good options, but dental implants are far and away the best choice.
Why Dental Implants Are Better Than Dentures
Dental implants solve many of the problems people face with dentures. Because dental implants are fixed in the jaw, they don’t slip, click, or fall out when talking, laughing, or eating. Dental implants are also fixed as strongly as your natural teeth, so you can keep eating all the same foods you enjoyed before. And there’s no chance you will misplace your teeth or drop and break them.
Dental implants are easy to care for. Just follow normal hygiene rules: brush twice a day, floss daily, and make your regular visits to the dentist. No separate brushing and no soaking required.
Dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. They put the force of chewing on your bones where it’s supposed to be, not on your gums, so there’s no discomfort.
Finally, dental implants can last a lifetime. Studies have looked at dental implants that have been in place 30 years or more, and most of them are. They may need to have the dental crown replaced a few times, but when you compare it to the frequency that you’ll be replacing dentures, which may be just a few years if you have a poor fit, the difference is dramatic.
Why Dental Implants Are Better Than Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are also fixed restorations, so they don’t have any of the slipping problems that dentures do. They let you eat your favorite foods and don’t put excess pressure on the gums.
However, dental bridges do have problems that dental implants circumvent. First, a dental bridge requires that one or more teeth adjacent to the missing tooth be prepared for dental crowns. Dentists disagree about how serious this is, but evidence shows that your natural tooth material is stronger and longer-lasting than a restored tooth.
In addition, dental bridges do require some special cleaning. Because they sit on top of the gums, they create a surface between your restoration and the gums where food can be trapped and plaque can grow. This area must be cleaned.
Finally, because dental bridges aren’t actually secured in the jawbone, the body may decide the bone there isn’t necessary, and remove it (a process called resorption), which can weaken the bone.
Overall, dental implants are the best replacement option for a lost tooth. However, that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the best option for you. For a detailed evaluation of your tooth replacement options, please contact Ravon Knopf in Beverly Hills today.