If you have a tooth that needs to be replaced, our Temple dentist will typically
recommend dental implants as the best option. Some of the top advantages that implants offer
as opposed to other tooth replacement treatments include:
Implants and the crowns that are attached to them are permanently fixed in place. That means you don’t have to worry about regularly removing and replacing any false teeth as you would if you had a partial or full denture (an alternative tooth replacement option).
Dentures and partials cover your taste buds, making food less enjoyable to eat. With implants,
you’ll enjoy the same foods you always have without any dietary restrictions.
Once a tooth goes missing, your jaw bone begins to deteriorate. As a result, your cheeks will
sink in and you’ll have more apparent wrinkles and loose skin. Replacing a missing tooth with a
dental implant maintains healthy bone levels and supports your facial structure.
Removable prosthetics can be uncomfortable for some people to wear because they fill your
mouth with a plastic appliance that can feel cumbersome or rub your gum tissues. With an implant being a single post and a stand-alone crown, they are as comfortable as a natural tooth. you’ll forget it’s even there!
A dental bridge is a connection of three or more crowns that are used to replace a missing
tooth. Each bridge is fixed in place by cementing it to the teeth adjacent to the space. However,
in order to fit the bridge, these natural teeth will need to be cut down. Doing so isn’t something
that we recommend if there are healthy virgin teeth involved. If something occurs in the future
to one of the anchoring teeth and a single one needs to be repaired, you’ll need to remove and
replace the entire bridge.
Implants are non-invasive to the adjacent teeth. They are completely stand-alone restorations,
making them healthier for your overall smile. Placing an implant prevents altering the neighboring teeth or having to worry about one of them potentially failing at a later point in time.
As long as you prevent gum disease and bone loss with good oral hygiene, you can expect to
keep your dental implant for a lifetime. Though partials and bridges do last a long time, you’ll
need to replace them every so often to ensure they fit properly or as the acrylic wears out.
Find out if a dental implant is the best tooth replacement option for you. Plan a visit with Dr. Megens of Legacy Dental in Temple to see if you qualify. We would love to meet you and discuss your treatment options. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!