Having one or more missing or damaged tooth is no fun. Fortunately, you have several options to consider if you’re looking for a replacement. Partials, dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges are the most common options for replacing missing teeth.
Unlike partials and dentures, which are removable, bridges and implants are not. Implants offer a good solution to replace missing teeth. For patients with dentures, implant secured dentures offer a way for dentures to attach to dental implants firmly. This can give the patient more confidence while eating or speaking.
Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution. They can last 25 or more years but typically last between 5 and 15 years before needing to be replaced.
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. The implant will fuse to the bone, and after approximately three months of healing, an abutment and crown will be fabricated to attach to the implant. Problems are rare, but when they do occur are usually minor and can be easily treated.
If you are interested in dental implants, your dentist will do a comprehensive examination with X-days and 3D images. After going over your medical history, they will give you their recommendations and options for treatment.
Caring for your dental implants is much like caring for your natural teeth. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and a low-abrasive toothpaste. Floss daily, and don’t forget to see your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year.