Traditional procedures pose risks of complications, whereas implants promote overall oral and jaw health. The presence of natural teeth or implants helps to preserve the jaw bone. An extracted or lost tooth can cause the bone to weaken or erode.
Once placed, successful implants provide stability and work to maintain jaw health just as natural teeth do.
There are many reasons why choosing dental implants is a good treatment option for missing teeth. These reasons include:
- Beautiful, natural looking smile
- Bone preservation
- Enjoy the foods you love
- Speak with confidence
- Preserve the adjoining teeth
- A more comfortable smile
If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, it is important to understand the basics of a dental implant procedure. We will explain the procedure, as well as point out the benefits of dental implants over other options that replace missing teeth.
The abutment is used in the second step of the procedure to replace missing teeth with dental implants. The abutment is fitted over the portion of the implant that rises above the gum line. The third and final piece, the dental crown, is fitted over the abutment. The crown is the piece that resembles your natural tooth.
Traditionally, missing only one tooth offered patients little options. The most common solution to replace missing teeth, when only one is needing replacement, was a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges are perfectly acceptable and safe treatments, however both a fixed bridge and partial denture carry a 30 percent failure rate within five to seven years of treatment. Failures, maintenance and repair of these options to replace missing teeth often become more costly in the long-run.
Traditional procedures to replace missing teeth pose risks, whereas implants promote overall oral and jaw health. Implants work to preserve your jaw bone in the same way your natural teeth would. Implants stimulate the bone and have a strong connection.
With over 50 years of science and research supporting the success of dental implants, often they are the recommended long-term option to replace missing teeth.
Call the office of Dr. TJ Miller II today to learn more about dental implants for Worthington and Columbus, OH.