With modern dentistry, there are several options to replace missing teeth. One available option is a fixed bridge with a crown. However, it’s important to understand that placing a bridge requires altering the healthy teeth around it. From a tooth-preserving perspective, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental often recommend dental implants as a better, less invasive, and longer-lasting solution.
Dental implants work as a total tooth replacement that is made up of three components: a post, abutment, and crown restoration. The dental implant post resembles a screw made of titanium that is anchored into the jawbone like the natural root of a tooth. An abutment is then attached to the post, and the crown restoration is attached to the abutment.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth around it will eventually shift to fill the empty space. This can create a number of dental issues. Unevenly spaced or crowded teeth are harder to care for and keep clean. Furthermore, any problems that arise from shifting teeth can cost big money down the road. A dental implant will keep your teeth in their proper position, thus eliminating these problems altogether.
If you choose a fixed bridge and crown instead of a dental implant, your jawbone will eventually deteriorate over time beneath the missing tooth. This happens because your jawbone won’t receive adequate stimulation without a tooth root. This also happens with dentures that are not supported with implants. The longer you go without dental implants, the more your jawbone will lose its integrity to get them in the future without a dental bone graft.
Many people in the Treasure Valley deal with a wide variety of complications with their dentures. Poor fit, sores, sunken lips, and food restrictions are just a few. If you get fixed, implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to suffer from these side effects. With various procedures available, you can now support a full set of prosthetic teeth with just a few implants.
With missing teeth, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate over time, causing your face to look sunken in. This, in turn, can make you look much older than you are. This is a common complaint among those with dentures. Dental implants provide your body with the stimulation it needs to produce healthy, dense jawbone material to keep your face full-looking and youthful.
If you’re considering a tooth replacement, you owe it to yourself to learn more about dental implants. Contact the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group today by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 314-2275 to schedule an appointment. We would be more than happy to provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have.