People lose teeth for various reasons including tooth decay, gingivitis, or oral injury. Replacing missing teeth is a very important step in maintaining your oral health. If you or a loved one has suffered from the painful loss of teeth, you are not alone. Every year, millions of people lose teeth and must come up with a solution to fill the void in their mouth. Dr. Danielle Marquis of San Francisco Dental Care can help you decide which tooth replacement option will work best for you.
For years, dental bridges were the only option for replacing missing teeth. However, recent advances in dental technology have led to the availability of dental implants. As dental implants become a more popular option, it is important to consider if dental implants are the best way to replace teeth when compared to other methods such as dentures or dental bridges. While all methods are effective at filling the gaps between the teeth, there are many differences between their comfort-level, durability, and cost that can determine which is best.
Durability and Comfort of Dental Implants
The durability of a bridge relies on the strength of the adjacent teeth and the bridge’s structure. Since bridges are not attached to the bone, no pressure is applied to the missing space, and the bone begins to shrink away. Bridges rely on the natural teeth which are subject to decay and oral diseases which would cause the bridge to fail. Bridges have a life expectancy of about ten years. The cost of bridges are cheaper initially, but the long-term cost of replacing bridges and the effects on the surrounding teeth is much greater than the cost of dental implants.
Dentures are not comfortable to wear. Because they move around frequently, dentures irritate the gum tissue in the mouth and cause the mouth to form sores. Sores can also be formed if a person talks frequently or grinds their jaw or teeth together. Adhesive can be applied to stop the dentures from moving, but they are full of chemicals. It is also difficult to eat with dentures. Dentures are a cheaper restorative method, and they are also available in a short amount of time.
Dental implants are the most efficient way to replace teeth. Implants are designed to blend in with your teeth and look more natural. Dental implants use modern technology that allows the replace teeth to look like your natural teeth. Most people will not be able to tell by looking that you have dental implants unless you tell them. Dental implants are made of materials that are compatible with the human body. They are designed to last longer than any other restorative method and are a healthier option because they do not affect the natural teeth.
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Dental implants are a permanent solution because implants integrate into the jawbone and become as strong as the natural tooth root. Once the implant has integrated, the replacement tooth can function just like your natural tooth. If you are interested in dental implants, contact San Francisco Dental Care at 415-777-5115. Call to schedule your appointment and find out if you are an eligible candidate for dental implants.