With proper care and maintenance, your teeth should last a lifetime. It’s why you should come to Dr. Nugent and Dr. Ficken to get regular cleanings and oral health checkups. However, if you have lost a tooth, there’s no need for despair. There are several options for restoring your smile after you’ve lost a tooth. Many people don’t immediately think of the option to get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Here are five reasons why you should consider getting dental implants from Dr. Nugent to replace a missing tooth.
Has the Look and Feel of Natural Teeth
When restoring a patient’s smile, their primary concern is having a natural-looking smile with minimal effort required from the patient. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is a way to restore smiles that has the look and feel of natural teeth. Once the implant is set, the patient will treat it like any other tooth. There’s no need for dental adhesive creams like with dentures, and you can chew with the tooth without worrying about bridge work. When done correctly, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the dental implant and the original tooth.
Dental Implants Are Built To Last
Though dental implants have a higher upfront cost, you save money in the long run by eliminating replacement and repair costs that come with smile restoration techniques like bridges and dentures. Certain types of dental bridges and dentures may need to be replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. When cared for properly, dental implants will last a lifetime, so they are significantly more cost-effective in the long term.
Dental Implants Promote Healthy Teeth and Jaws
Allowing a missing tooth to remain unfixed can have adverse effects for other areas of oral health. For example, a missing tooth can lead to jaw deterioration, which can affect the patient’s healthy teeth. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. Another benefit is that you don’t have to file down healthy teeth to make room, unlike bridges and partial dentures.
Dental Implants Distribute the Biting Force
By simulating the look and function of natural teeth, dental implants allow patients to eat and chew like they usually would. Bridges and dentures place more stress on your existing teeth, which can cause problems for these teeth later down the line. By distributing the biting force properly, dental implants can help to protect a patient’s healthy teeth.
Allows Patients to Smile More Confidently
A missing tooth can severely damage a winning smile. People with missing teeth can experience a loss of confidence that can affect them at work and in their personal life. While dentures and bridges can be practical solutions to these issues, the fact that it’s not permanent can create unique challenges for the patient. For example, patients with dentures have to worry about the adhesive cream not lasting long enough. Nor will they have to worry about anything slipping or clicking when they talk or laugh. The benefit of getting a dental implant is that it lets you get back to life as if nothing had happened.
If you’re interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, Dr. Nugent and Dr. Ficken can help. Send us a message online to schedule an appointment to discuss the best options for restoring your smile