Replacing a lost tooth is vital to maintaining the overall health and function of the surrounding teeth. It helps avoid toothDental Implants migration and loss of structure. It is necessary to avoid loss of bone from the jaw in that area. Dental implants are an effective means of counteracting these problems. Dental implants are also very strong and provide a feel as close to a natural tooth as can be currently achieved. Further, implants reduce the impact of the lost tooth on surrounding teeth, as traditional bridge structures often require reduction (filing down) of the two adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place with crowns. Implanting avoids such alterations to the surrounding teeth when replacing a lost tooth.

Dental implants, when replacing dentures, provide even more benefits. Dentures are notorious for slipping at the worst possible moments. Poorly fitting dentures can even affect diet, restricting food selections to easily chewed foods. Implants eliminate the possibility of slipping or pinching, and allow food of almost all types to be eaten (other than extremely hard foods such as chewing on ice, pits, or popcorn kernels, which is very bad for the implants and not good for natural teeth, either). In short, dental implants are the closest way to surgically restore a natural tooth to its original condition.

Benefits 

Preserve Teeth – Implants can stand on their own. They do not require the assistance of your natural teeth for support. Partial dentures and fixed bridges require some degree of ‘preparation’ of the adjacent natural teeth. As mentioned above, the latter can involve grinding your teeth down to little pegs in order to attach the bridge. Even this may not ensure stability if the supporting teeth are loose or weak.

Preserve Bone – Healthy implants can preserve bone just like your own healthy natural teeth. No other option offers this. In fact, wearing dentures can accelerate bone loss, making the dentures less stable and more uncomfortable over time. This shrinkage of the jawbones can also make your face look older.

Improve Comfort – Implants can be more comfortable than full or partial dentures. Dentures are supported either by soft gum tissues that cover the jawbones and/or by teeth. Over time, these structures can change and teeth can become loose, resulting in pain and discomfort. These unfortunate side effects are avoided with implants since they do not rely on the jawbones/teeth for support.

Improve Speech – Implants can securely anchor loose dentures that impede speech.

Improve the Ability to Eat – Every denture wearer has to learn how to eat with dentures. They are never like your own teeth. Some people never get used to them. Implants, on the other hand, can restore your chewing efficiency to that of your natural teeth, since they are anchored to your jawbone. Implants can also improve taste by allowing you to have a full upper denture without covering your palate.

Improve Esthetics – Implants can eliminate the need for the unsightly clasps that come with partial dentures. And since they don’t rely on the adjacent teeth for support, they may eliminate the need for additional crowns, which sometimes have the side effect of damaging the appearance of your natural tooth.

Improve Quality of Life – Implants can eliminate the need for messy denture adhesives, special time-consuming oral hygiene techniques to clean around bridges, and other embarrassing inconveniences that come with dentures. Furthermore, considering all of the above benefits, implants can improve your self-esteem. By allowing you to regain the capabilities of your natural teeth, you can focus on enjoying life.

Keep Teeth Separate – Ideal implant placement allows treatment to be isolated to individual teeth. When one tooth of a bridge needs treatment, usually the whole bridge needs replacement. But now that implants are available, adjacent teeth do not need to be treated.

Reduce Long-Term Costs – With all of the benefits mentioned so far, the higher initial cost of implants and their restorations is usually offset in the long term by their high success rates, low maintenance, ability to keep treatment isolated to specific areas, and high patient satisfaction.