People who are missing one or more teeth have several dental restoration options.
Dental bridges are a time-tested means of “filling the gap” where one or more teeth have gone missing. Bridges have several advantages. They’re comparatively affordable, offer good durability in most cases, and restore your ability to chew on that side of your mouth.
Here’s the thing about bridges, though. They don’t keep the underlying bone strong and healthy.
When Teeth Go Missing
Regardless of the reason why a tooth is gone, there’s an impact on the health of the bone where the tooth was anchored.
Teeth are secured to the jawbone by roots. When you chew, the pressure is transferred through the roots to the bone. That stimulation helps keep the bone healthy.
A permanent dental bridge is secured to teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing tooth. The pressure of chewing is transferred to the supporting teeth rather than to the bone directly beneath. Without stimulation, bone continues to deteriorate.
Dental Implants To The Rescue
There’s only one type of dental restoration that restores your ability to eat the foods you love and preserves the underlying bone – dental implants.
A dental implant consists of the implant itself and restoration that attaches to it. Once in place, your implant looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth.
An implant is a small titanium screw that is inserted into the bone. The bone fuses to the implant through process called osseointegration and anchors it securely. The restoration – a dental crown, a bridge, or implant supported dentures – is firmly fastened to the implant. In the case of dentures, a number of implants are needed.
Implants preserve your bone because the implant functions as a replacement tooth root. Pressure is transferred from the restoration to the implant and to the bone. That helps keep your bone strong and healthy.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
There are a number of factors that have to be considered in determining whether implants are right for you. The primary considerations are that the bone must be thick, dense, strong, and healthy.
Beyond that, health conditions like diabetes, certain autoimmune disorders, and your oral health can impact your body’s ability to heal after the implant is placed.
If you’re looking to replace one or more missing teeth with the strongest available solution, the dental experts at Crowns Now in Neenah, WI should be your first choice of provider. We’ll use our state-of-the-art dental technology to assess your jawbone and determine whether dental implants are a good option for you. That technology includes:
- A Sirona 3D cone beam scanner which will let us image the overall shape of your whole mouth and jaw
- A Galileos digital imaging machine, which uses a fraction of the radiation of traditional X-rays, will give us clear look at the inside of your mouth.
You have previously been told that there is not enough room or that your jaw is not sturdy enough for dental implants. We may be able to help by performing a sinus lift or bone grafting.
To explore whether dental implants are the right solution for you, contact Crowns Now if you live in or near Neenah, WI. Call 920-221-7948 or contact us online to request a consultation.