When you lose teeth, you have a choice between a traditional restoration—bridges and full or partial dentures—and prosthetics supported by dental implants. However, most patients simply want to replace their lost teeth. They do not fully understand why implants might be recommended over dentures or bridges.
Dental implants are a significant improvement over conventional prosthetics. If patients can undergo the surgical care necessary to receive them, they are always the better choice.
Essentially, the problem with traditional restorations is that there is nothing to anchor them in place. Dentures slip and slide, limiting their ability to be used in chewing food. A bridge or partial may be more stable, but they still rely on surrounding natural teeth for support. If those teeth are lost, the restoration must be replaced. If they shift out of alignment, so does the bridge or partial.
In contrast, dental implant restorations are permanently anchored in place. They stay stable and functional at all times.
Stay Permanently in the Mouth
Traditional dentures are removable. For some patients, the fact that their smile can fall out at any time is an issue with the aesthetics of the treatment. Dental implants are permanent additions to the smile, remaining comfortable and boosting confidence for those replacing lost teeth.
Jaw Bone Health
Traditional restorations rest entirely above the gums. Dentures and bridges do not interact with the jaw at all.
As a result, the jaw is allowed to shrink. Jawbone resorption occurs naturally, but tooth loss accelerates the process. Unless a new tooth root is added to the jaw to stabilize it, the health of your smile continues to be affected by missing teeth.
Dental implants, at their core, are artificial tooth roots. Their placement into the jaw prevents the bone from shrinking, keeping your health in peak condition.
Contact Us for Implant Placement in Tampa
Dr. Brian van Aelst performs dental implant placement, the first step in receiving new, permanent teeth. Our periodontist is dedicated to making sure the people of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Wesley Chapel, and all other nearby communities stay healthy through comprehensive dental restorations. For more information about implants, schedule an appointment today!