There are many ways to try to repair a badly damaged tooth, but in many cases, restoration just isn’t an option. In such cases, the tooth must be extracted, which leaves you with options for replacing it. Dentures and bridges are common ways to fill in the gap left by an extracted tooth, but they can be cumbersome. Dentures in particular require regular care and can be a bit of a proverbial pain for you if you have to remove them at night and put them back in each morning. Bridges are more permanent and can look good, but even they are not as effective as the preferred choice, implants.
Dental Implants Offer Permanent Replacement
The next best thing to having your natural tooth is a dental implant, which is a strong and very stable replacement for any tooth and generally won’t irritate the bone into which it is implanted.Dental implants also won’t interfere with eating and other normal functions and will look great when you smile. When an implant is placed correctly and is cared for normally, it can last the rest of your life. Other solutions, such as bridges and dentures, have a much, much shorter life with a maximum lifespan of about 10 years before they need to be replaced, and that’s if you take excellent care of them. Most people generally get between five and seven years use out of their bridges and dentures.
Implants Help to Preserve Jawbone Mass
When you have missing teeth, the jawbone beneath the gum can deteriorate over time and lead to other potential health problems. But if when you have an implant in place, the jawbone acts like it still has a healthy tooth in that location and will remain robust and strong. Although implants do cost more than dentures and bridges, they will be cheaper over the long run and help to keep your mouth in better shape and your smile looking great.
Which methods of tooth replacement might you find most beneficial?