There are a variety of different ways to solve the issue of missing teeth. The most common options are dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Each option works in different ways and has different advantages.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement that consists of two main parts. The first part is a metal post that acts as a root and is drilled into the patient’s jawbone. The second part of a dental implant is the only visible piece, the replacement tooth. The replacement tooth is made out of a tooth-coloured acrylic resin.
Three Benefits of Dental Implants
Good for chewing
After losing a tooth, the last thing you need is to lose the replacement. Oftentimes, solutions like dental bridges and dentures mean your diet must be refined to accommodate your new solution. Dental implants are one of the most secure ways to replace missing teeth in your mouth. Because the base is drilled into your jaw, the likelihood of the implant becoming loose is very low. This is unlike some other tooth replacement options like dentures or retainers. In those cases, the teeth are secure, though they can easily come loose following interactions with certain hard or sticky foods.
Last for upwards of 25 years
If you are looking for a long-term replacement for your lost tooth, dental implants are definitely the way to go. These replacements naturally last around 25 years, especially when taken care of properly. In comparison, dentures last for around a 5th of that time and dental bridges must be replaced every 10 years. When it comes to cost efficiency, dentures are on the higher end, coming in at around $3,000-$6,000, where bridges are much lower at $300-$1,000 and implants fit just in the middle spanning between $900 and $3,000.
Dental implants are relatively easy to set and forget. Because you are not taking the tooth out each day, and because it is drilled rather than cemented into place, you don’t have to worry about all the upkeep that comes with regular dental solutions. With that being said, something that is low maintenance is not no maintenance! It is very important to come to the clinic for regular dental checkups. In between these checkups, make sure you are keeping your remaining teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and paying special attention to gum health.
There are so many additional benefits that come with dental implants! If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or the dental implant process, call South Georgetown Dental to book your appointment today.