Teeth may be lost due to disease, an accident, or as a necessary part of orthodontic realignment. No matter what the cause, missing one or more teeth can impact daily functions like eating and speaking and even influence self-confidence.
Today, a growing number of people are choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer many advantages over more traditional solutions such as dentures or bridges. How do you know if dental implants are the best choice for you? Consider the following factors when making a decision about your options for replacement of missing teeth.
Surrounding Teeth – If a bridge is installed, it requires reducing the surrounding teeth and extra steps for flossing and cleaning. Dental implants leave the surrounding teeth intact and allow for easier cleaning between teeth.
Healthy Gums and Bones – Because dental implants go through the gum and are fused to bone, a patient must have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. If you suffer from gum disease or have fragile bones, you may not be a good candidate for implants.
Chronic Diseases – Patients with some types of chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease, may not be eligible for implant surgery. These conditions make it hard to heal from oral surgery and leave patients more susceptible to infections.
Convenience – Removable dentures require adhesive to keep them in place and must be cleaned. Dental implants eliminate the time needed in your routine to care for dentures, as well as the need to purchase denture adhesive and cleaner.
Comfort – Some people find dentures uncomfortable when eating or during removal. While you may experience mild soreness after an implant procedure, this can be treated with over-the-counter medications and is temporary.
Durability – Because dental implants are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. With proper care, implants may last a lifetime. Over time, dentures or bridges require replacement.
Schedule an Evaluation
Want to learn more about implants? Meeting with an oral surgeon to discuss your specific needs and ask questions is a key step in determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Our Oral Surgeons have been specially trained in implant procedures. To schedule an implant evaluation, call our office at 336-275-6600.