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The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth [Cosmetic Dentist]
Given a choice, most people would choose dental implants over dentures or dental bridges. Implant-supported restorations are a healthy and permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth. The increasing popularity of dental implants seems to point to a tooth replacement option that provides several advantages over its competition.
Why a cosmetic dentist might recommend dental implants
A dental implant is a way to replace missing teeth from the root all the way to the crown. The implant itself is a biocompatible rod that goes in the jawbone, where the root of the missing tooth used to sit. Once a dentist installs the implant, it starts to fuse with the bone that surrounds it, on a cellular and molecular level. The implant embeds into the jawbone and becomes steady enough to support a dental restoration like a crown, a bridge or a set of dentures.
A cosmetic dentist would recommend dentures to a person who has excellent physical and oral health. The ideal candidate for implant-supported teeth is an individual with enough jawbone to hold an implant in place. There are many reasons a cosmetic dentist would recommend dental implants.
Benefits of dental implants
A cosmetic dentist would recommend dental implants to improve a person’s appearance and replace lost teeth with a permanent alternative, one that looks, feels and works just like the real thing. The person getting the implants also enjoys improved oral health.
1. Dental implants stimulate bone regeneration
A missing tooth triggers a loss in the mass and density of the jawbone. Here is how this occurs: Skin, blood and other types of tissue in the body regenerate, and so does bone tissue. The process involves the "scheduled" destruction of old cells and the creation of new ones.
Unlike other types of tissue, the jawbone needs the presence of natural teeth to create new bone cells since the root keeps the bone tissue in the area stimulated and healthy. A missing tooth results in a rate of bone cell destruction that is higher than the rate of bone cell creation.
So, it is a good thing that an implant-supported oral prosthetic stimulates the regrowth of bone, just like a natural tooth. The implant maintains the bone mass and therefore the shape of the jaw. A patient then gets to enjoy a defined jaw, which keeps the face looking young.
2. Implants keep teeth from shifting
A missing tooth leaves a gap that remaining teeth try to fill. They shift toward the gap, which results in a bad bite. With time, a person’s smile changes. The person can start to experience difficulty when chewing. They may also develop further oral health problems. Dental implants keep teeth from shifting, which prevents aesthetic and oral health problems that come with a bad bite.
3. Implant-supported teeth make it easier for a person to speak and eat
Gaps make teeth harder to clean. A person with missing teeth will feel discomfort as they chew, and they will start to adjust their diet. This can lead to malnutrition. As the person stops chewing on solid foods, they will suffer further deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants can prevent all this.
Drawbacks of dental implants
It is worth mentioning that the benefits of dental implants outweigh the risks. Still, there are downsides to dental implants. For example:
The placement of dental implants requires one or more (minor) oral surgeries. This requires recovery time.
Like all surgeries, dental implant placement comes with risks of complication, during and after each procedure. Risks also include infection and implant failure. The dentist might prescribe antibiotics to help combat this.
It takes many months before a patient can enjoy the finished product. Only patients in good physical and oral health are candidates for the treatment. Dental implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods.
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