Dental Implants: Best Option for Missing Teeth

If you’ve lost a few teeth, you may be debating your options. Should you get removable dentures? A dental bridge? A removable partial denture? Or should you consider dental implants? Dental implants are the best option for missing teeth because they are permanent, indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and help prevent bone loss. Let’s look at why implants are the best solution for you.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a permanent solution designed to replace missing teeth. They’re perfect for a missing front tooth because they are designed to replicate your permanent teeth in colour, shape, and size. In other words, they are fully customised for you and will match your other teeth. 

An implant will give you back your smile and is an investment in your self-esteem. No matter our age, we always want to look our best. And implants help you maintain a natural-looking appearance. An implant is a type of screw or implant post set into your jawbone while you’re under a local anaesthetic. Once the bone has healed (in three months or so), an artificial tooth, or dental crown, is attached to the screw. 

Sometimes, a patient won’t have adequate bone in their jaw to properly hold the implant. That’s when a procedure called a bone graft is conducted. Most often, this dental procedure is done by taking bone from another part of your body and transplanting it to the jawbone. Healing from a graft takes about three months. Once the graft is well integrated into your natural bone, an implant can be done.

Any implant therapy has a lengthy healing period and the potential for complications. Any invasive procedure carries risks, implants included. That’s why it’s vital to engage an appropriately qualified health practitioner like Lexington Dental.

Complications of implant surgery can include infection of the jawbone, which, although rare, can be serious. This is why it’s paramount to follow the aftercare instructions your dentist will give you.

Different Types of Dental Implants

There are three different types of implants:

  • Endosseous Implants or fixtures are made of metal—usually titanium—or ceramic-coated metal. They are either cylindrical or shaped like “D” and implanted into the jawbone. These are the most commonly used implants.
  • Transosteal Implants are either a u-shaped frame or a metal pin that goes through the jawbone and the gums. This is the least frequently used type of implant used in Australia because of its invasive nature.
  • Subperiosteal Implants consist of a metal framework attached to the top of the jawbone underneath the gum. This type of implant is often used when there is an insufficient jawbone.

Why Dental Implants Are the Best Option for Missing Teeth

There are several reasons why implants are the best option for a missing tooth. Let’s dive in.

Dental Implants Last Longer Than Other Restorations

Dental implants cost more than other restorations, but they are usually permanent. Compare that to partial dentures, which typically last 5-7 years, or full dentures, which last about ten years. A resin-bonded bridge can last up to a decade. Fixed bridges, if cared for properly, can last longer. All of these alternative restorations require meticulous care.

Dental Implants Do Not Require Much Additional Care

Implants do not require a lot of additional care. You brush and floss as always (oral health is always important!) and get regular dental care. You don’t have to worry about tooth decay with implants. Follow your dentist’s instructions, and you will stay in good shape.

In comparison, dentures, partials, and dental bridges require nightly cleaning, brushing with a special brush, and overnight soaking. Then, you must brush your remaining teeth and floss as usual. 

Dental Implants Look and Function Like Your Natural Teeth

Implants are designed to offer the best alternative to dentures, dental bridges, partials, and other restorations. No adhesives are needed; your gums won’t get sore from the pressure of dental clamps or a full denture. Best of all, with implants, you can eat all the crunchy and hard foods you love, such as apples, crisps, biscuits, and corn on the cob.

Dental Implants Keep the Bone Structure from Deteriorating

Because implants are firmly placed in your jawbone, your jawbone absorbs any force from chewing. This can stimulate bone growth. With other dental appliances, the chances for further jawbone deterioration are much higher.

Dental Implants Are More Aesthetically Pleasing Than Other Types of Tooth Restorations

Dental implants mimic your original teeth so closely that it’s difficult to tell them apart from your natural teeth. Your smile is back. Implants can even make you look younger because they tend to lift the face a bit. Best of all, you never have to worry about a dental implant decaying. They are the perfect, modern solution for missing teeth.

Some people who are dissatisfied or embarrassed by their existing teeth opt for implants. While this is a cosmetic procedure and not medically necessary, it can be life-changing for certain people.

Dental Implants Are the Best Option for Missing Teeth

Implants are the modern tooth replacement option that restores your appearance and enhances your ability to speak clearly and eat comfortably. They can even stimulate bone growth in your jaw. 

Are you tired of the hassle of caring for alternative dental appliances or a complete denture? Then don’t wait. Contact Lexington Dental today, or book an appointment with us online.

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