Tooth loss is something that many people deal with on a day-to-day basis. In fact, millions of Americans have one or more missing teeth. This kind of gap in your smile can cause more issues than you might realize—starting, of course, with an incomplete smile.
If left uncared for or untreated for too long, one or multiple missing teeth can be seriously detrimental to your oral health. That’s why Mountain Spring Dental offers dental implants. These restorative devices are a great option for patients with missing teeth who want a natural feeling, filled-out smile again.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that replace one or more missing tooth roots. They are placed in the jawbone to act as a strong base that secures dental restoration devices in place— like a dental crown, bridge, or set of dentures.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth, you may be trying to decide between dental bridges and dental implants for tooth replacement. Both procedures have advantages and disadvantages involving cost, longevity, length of procedure and effect on other teeth.
For most people, dental bridges have a slight advantage over dental implants when it comes to cost. More insurance companies cover bridges than implants. Dental implants are a more invasive procedure, and they require an oral surgeon to perform.
The average cost of dental implants or dental bridges will vary depending on how many teeth you need replaced, and the material used for the crown. Always communicate with your insurance provider to find out which dental procedures they cover.
Your teeth have to last you a long time, so when you need them replaced you want something that can stand up to wear and tear! Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement currently available. They last a minimum of fifteen years.
Dental bridges are not as robust, lasting on average 5–7 years, or ten with care. Dental bridges last on average 5–7 years, though they can last closer to ten with care.
Length of Procedure
It can be hard to find time to make it to the dentist, so it is important to consider the investment of time you put into any dental procedure. If you want a fast solution, dental bridges usually require only two in-office procedures over a few weeks.
Dental implants are more invasive than dental bridges. Implants are attached directly to the jawbone by an oral surgeon in multiple procedures spaced out over a few months. However, this more involved procedure means they’ll last much longer and be more sturdy than dental bridges.
Affect On Other Teeth
When you are looking to replace missing teeth, you should also consider how the replacements will affect your existing teeth. Dental bridges tend to take up more space in your mouth, and can cause damage to the teeth closest to them. The bridge appliance can also cause further tooth decay and an increased risk of cavities.
Dental implants mimic the structure of your natural teeth, with the rod and post acting as the root. This means there is less impact on the surrounding teeth. Your natural teeth won’t even notice the new arrival, and your dental health will be strengthened overall.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The most noticeable difference dental implants can make is providing you with a sturdy tooth restoration to make your smile whole again, but the benefits don’t stop there:
Keeps All Teeth Functioning Properly
A missing tooth can do a lot to hurt your smile. When you have a missing tooth, your other teeth are able to move and shift around your mouth.
When you go a long time with gaps caused by missing teeth, your other teeth will compensate for the extra space by moving out of position. This can mean a lot of work needs to be done with straightening and positioning teeth again.
In addition, when you are missing teeth, your remaining teeth take on additional pressure and responsibilities to help you communicate clearly and chew food. This can cause your remaining teeth to be worn down and need some restorative treatment themselves.
Luckily, dental implants can fix all these problems. Implants supporting a dental crown, bridge, or denture keep all your teeth where they should be. This protects your other teeth from experiencing extra strain or wear.
Preserves Bone Density
When a tooth and its root are completely removed from your mouth, the surrounding bone in the jaw or skull begins to deteriorate or shrink away as a natural response. The bone in the area needs an anchor to grow around.
A dental implant acts like a tooth root, preserving your jawbone and even promoting bone density in the area.
Promotes Youthful, Stronger Facial Structure
Losing bone density in your jaw, due to a missing tooth root, can lead to loss of facial structure and a prematurely aged appearance. Teeth also fill out your face, so their loss is also felt when it comes to facial structure and support.
Dental implants can strengthen that jawbone structure and support natural-looking replacement teeth to make you look younger and healthier than ever!
Dental Implants Procedure
Dental implants are a great option if you have missing teeth that need replacing. Once you and a member of our trained staff decide on your personalized treatment plan, we can begin scheduling your dental implant surgery.
Undergoing dental implant surgery can require multiple procedures. First we place the implant into your jaw. This is the titanium rod that anchors to your jawbone and keeps your new tooth in place. This rod may be placed on it’s on, or with a post for the new tooth, called a crown, to attach to. After gum tissue has grown around the implant and post, the oral surgeon attaches the crown to the post.
Depending on your current health and schedule, getting dental implants can be a long process. It is important that you maintain good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing twice a day throughout the process.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
The truth about dental implants is that the scope of every case is different. Some people might benefit most from one or two dental implants, while others might be better off getting the All-on-4® Treatment Concept for full mouth restorations.
In every case of dental implants, you will be completely numb for the procedure. You may feel pressure, but no pain. Once you completely heal from the procedure, your dental implants will feel just as comfortable and secure as your natural teeth!
If you experience dental anxiety, you are not the only one! Here at Mountain Springs Dental, our team is committed to creating a relaxing and comfortable experience for you.
Find Out if Dental Implants Are Right for You
Get in touch with our Mountain Springs Dental office today to see if dental implant placement would work for you. We’re excited to help you fill any gaps in your smile and promote better overall oral health!