Losing a tooth as an adult can be a jarring experience, potentially taking a toll on your self-confidence. Perhaps you had an accident, developed gum disease or needed a tooth extracted for another reason. Whatever the case, you’ll want to replace it sooner rather than later to avoid infection or even deterioration of your jawbone.
Smiling has been scientifically proven to stimulate happiness, so put a natural smile back on your face by choosing dental implants over a bridge. Here are three reasons why.
1. They can last a lifetime.
High-quality implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. The small titanium cylinder that is implanted into your jawbone bonds with bone tissue and gum to create an artificial root. The crown, or artificial tooth, is then placed onto the “root” and acts as a real tooth. You can brush and floss your teeth normally. While bridges typically cost less than implants, they must be replaced every few years — which can add up to a heftier price tag over a lifetime.
2. They’re the most natural-looking replacement.
After the surgical procedure and a short recovery period, implants look and feel like natural teeth. The crown allows for the gum to grow around it naturally, which means that after some time, neither you nor those around you will be able to tell the difference between your implant and your real teeth.
3. They prevent further damage.
If a previous tooth’s empty root is unchecked, jawbone deterioration can occur. You can also become extremely susceptible to infections. Bacteria and food can find its way into the root and, within a short time period, grow into a much bigger problem.
Implants, however, prevent that deterioration and fill the gap in your jawbone. What’s more, patients who opt for bridges must endure a destructive procedure where perfectly good teeth surrounding the missing tooth must be filed down to prepare them for the bridge.
While the upfront cost of implants is higher than bridges, the long-term benefits that patients experience are well worth it — as evidenced by a natural-looking smile that doesn’t come at the expense of any healthy teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and why they’re the best option for you or a loved one, the professional and caring team at Church Street Dental in Rockport, Texas, can help answer all of your questions. Visit them at RockportChurchStreetDental.com, or call at (361) 450-6905.
Rockport, TX 78382
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