Untreated dental cavities and periodontal diseases adversely affect the health of teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at least 1 in every 4 American has untreated cavities.
Research also indicates that nearly 50% of Americans have periodontal disease, which is a form of gum infection that affects the gum tissues. Dentures and bridges was the only solution to this problem, but over the years, technological advancements in the oral health industry have led to the development of dental implants, which can be used to permanently replace missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
In simple words, dental implants are an artificial replacement for your decayed teeth and its roots. The artificial root is made of titanium, and is fused into your jawbone during a process known as osseointegration.
During this process, the gum tissue needs to be slit to screw in the implant. To keep the process painless, it generally takes place under local anesthesia. Once the implant has been screwed into the bone, artificial teeth can be placed in 3 to 4 months’ time. In some cases, the implant itself is used as a tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
Minimum Effect on Other Teeth:
Installation of bridges and partial dentures to make up for tooth loss often affect other teeth. Bridge installation process involves cutting of good tooth structure from adjacent teeth while partial dentures need the support of other teeth in order to be held in place.
As you chew, force is exerted on partial dentures which results in weakening of associated teeth. Dental implants are free from such complications as they are independent from other teeth.
The average life of any oral bridge, according to The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, is 5-10 years. One factor that affects the lifetime of bridges is the fact that it is difficult to floss with bridgework.
Poor flossing makes teeth supporting the bridge highly susceptible to decay and once these teeth are lost, insertion of even longer bridges is required. Dental implants act just like natural teeth; therefore, such problems do not arise. With good dental care, these implants can last a lifetime.
Eat what you want:
Because dentures are unstable and aren’t fixed into your jaw like implants, having certain chewy and sticky foods could dislodge them easily. Dental implants are screwed into the jaw; therefore, they provide sufficient support during chewing and aren’t dislodged, giving you the freedom to eat what you want.
If you are looking for a long-term solution for your missing teeth, dental implants should be your go-to choice.
Book your appointment at New City Family Dental today as our team of experienced professionals will make sure you have the smoothest dental procedure at the lowest prices in town.