When you lose a tooth (or multiple teeth) and begin to seek replacement, the options are numerous. However, when considering the look and function of dental implants, no other tooth replacement option can match up. Dr. Mukesh Patel and the team at Ontario Dental Center in Ontario, California, want to share with you the reasons why dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, outshining both traditional bridges and dentures.
Dental implants offer a level of stability and durability that sets them apart from bridges and dentures. Unlike bridges, which rely on neighboring teeth for support, or dentures that simply rest on the gums, implants are surgically anchored in the jawbone, replacing the natural tooth root.
One significant reason dental implants are considered superior is their ability to preserve bone health. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate over time due to a loss of stimulation that the lost tooth provided. A dental implant will address this issue by stimulating the bone via biting and chewing forces, preventing the bone loss that can occur with traditional tooth replacement methods.
Cosmetically, dental implants provide the most natural appearance of any tooth replacement option. The prosthetic teeth attached to implants closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and function. The result is an authentic smile that blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. Comparatively, bridges may require alterations to adjacent teeth, impacting their appearance, and dentures can sometimes appear less authentic.
Unlike bridges, which may require special cleaning tools to reach underneath the prosthetic, and dentures, which require adhesives and removal for cleaning, dental implants are cared for the same as your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are sufficient to keep implants in optimal condition.
While bridges and dentures may offer viable alternatives in certain situations, dental implants emerge as the preferred choice for those seeking a higher-quality option for tooth replacement. Dental implants are the best solution for individuals aiming to restore not just their smiles but also the full functionality of their teeth.