Missing teeth can drastically change your appearance, affect your oral health, and decrease your quality of life. However, replacing them with dental implants can restore your confidence, boost your health, and improve your life. Dr. Falender serves as a dental implant dentist at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Indianapolis, IN. Contact our office today to restore your smile.
Decades ago, the only solution to losing a tooth – or teeth – were removable dentures or a fixed bridge. And we all know the trouble we have to go through to maintain them, not to mention the attendant discomfort.
Dental Implants was a breath of fresh air as well as a source of relief to subscribers of the dental community.
So What Is a Dental Implant?
As told by the Academy of General Dentistry,
“A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth “root” artificially placed in your mouth to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, denture or bridge. It is made from titanium metal and it fuses around the jawbone serving as a root for the missing tooth.”
Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth – the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25-50% of their supporting jaw bone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.
Because missing teeth leave open spaces in your mouth, your teeth will shift over time, changing your bite for the worse. Teeth rely upon one another to remain in position. If a tooth is lost, it is the naturally tendency of the surrounding teeth to drift into that open space. This shifting of position negatively impacts your oral health in a number of ways. Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is extremely important in order to prevent these complications.
Effects of Missing Teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Changes to your smile
- Changes to your bite
- Changes to your facial structure
- Risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Bone loss and future tooth loss
Dental implants are an important step towards restoring your oral health. Permanently replace your missing teeth today.
There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing and can be easily lost.
Advantages of Dental Implants
When looking at the advantages of dental implants, it is helpful to compare them against other the above options to replace missing teeth.
Compared with Partial Dentures
Many patients prefer implants over partial dentures as implants are fixed in place and are not removed nightly. Implants can also be more esthetic, as they do not have hooks or clasps that can be visible when smiling.
Compared with Conventional Bridges
In situations where the the natural teeth (abutments) are completely healthy, shaving or reducing them to prepare for a bridge “damages” them unnecessarily. Furthermore, should any of the natural teeth/abutments be lost for any reason (eg decay or gum disease), the entire bridge is usually lost as well. In contrast, implants do not affect the adjacent abutments; they are placed only in the positions where teeth are missing, and do not rely upon the adjacent teeth.
In addition, bridges can generally only be placed where there are natural teeth/abutments on either side of a space (except for limited-use “cantilever bridges”). In contrast, an implant can still be placed even in situations where an abutment is missing.
Contact our office in Indianapolis to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon, Dr. Falender.