What are the advantages of dental implants?
When replacing missing teeth there are usually multiple options (bridges, implants, dentures, etc.) and weighing the various benefits can be confusing for anyone. Implants are one of many solutions and with continuing advances in the field they have become the very best solution in many situations. Here are a few of the multiple benefits to implant treatment:
- The procedure is easier than most may think! It usually only takes about an hour for a single titanium implant to be placed in the jaw. After that you are allowed several months to heal.
- Once the implant has integrated with the bone a custom-made crown is created and fixed to the implant. This means dental implants replace both the root and crown of the missing tooth and do not require the alteration of surrounding teeth.
- Dental implants preserve the jaw bone which no other treatment option can do. When a tooth is lost the jaw bone gradually shrinks ("atrophies") over time.
- Your new tooth cannot be affected by decay and if taken care of properly it can last a lifetime.