Dental implants are generally more expensive compared to dentures. At the same time, they are also more invasive compared to dental bridges. However, why is it that dentists still look at dental implants as the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth?
Below are the reasons for why you should consider getting dental implants instead of going the usual route of dentures or bridges:
Dental implants preserve bone tissues better.
The usual consequence of individuals losing their teeth is their face will begin to develop a sunken appearance, which makes a person look older than he or she really is. The reason for why this happens is because of the atrophy or the shrinkage of the bone tissues which used to support teeth. Since there are no more teeth to support, these structures will slowly die and the facial muscles and tissues won’t have any support from these bone structures anymore.
Since it’s the dental roots of teeth which actually allow for the bone tissues to self-renew, wearing dentures is not enough. Both dentures and bridges only provide the crown portion of the tooth, the one found above the gumline, but not the dental roots. However,dental implants do provide a new set of dental roots which prevent bone tissues from dying up.
Better dental hygiene.
The problem with bridges and dentures is that they require their own special cleaning tasks. For instance, you should remove your dentures when you go to bed, and disinfect them before you place them back inside your mouth for the next day. The meticulous cleaning tasks for these oral appliances can be difficult for patients to keep up with. On the other hand, dental implants in Lexington SC are cleaned in the same way as the rest of your teeth are, which is by brushing and flossing, so there is nothing much to worry about.
Healthy dental tissues are not damaged.
In order for dental bridges to be secured into place, the teeth adjacent to the space requires modification so that a crown can be fitted over it. The problem with this is that the tooth will have to be stripped of its enamel layer in order for the crown to fit the tooth. This leaves the perfectly healthy tooth vulnerable to bacterial infections as well as to teeth sensitivity,. But because dental implants are anchored deep within the jawbone, there is no need to customize the adjacent teeth anymore.
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