02 Jan Preserve Natural Teeth with Dental Implants
If you are considering replacing your missing teeth, you should know a little about how your choice will affect the rest of your natural teeth. Some tooth replacement choices can only be stabilized by attaching or connecting to the neighboring teeth. In fact, some choices require the removal of tooth structure from healthy adjacent teeth. Other solutions involve a hook or clasp that rests on the teeth or gums.
Currently, the only tooth replacements that do not involve the natural teeth are dental implants. These are artificial tooth replacements that are permanently seated in the jaw bone for a strong, secure foundation.
Other solutions such as bridges and dentures, though they are still reasonable alternatives, can sometimes compromise the integrity of the surrounding teeth and the underlying bone. In addition to the physical limitations of these restorations, the lifespan of bridges and dentures is significantly shorter than the lifespan of dental implants.
As a growing number of adults are appreciating life with dental implants, the list of advantages continues to expand. Here’s what makes implants so notable:
- Teeth that stay in place without slipping or clicking
- Teeth that help to balance the forces of chewing and biting as you eat
- Enhanced self-confidence comes from eating and speaking with teeth that look and feel natural
- Teeth that do not require removal each night for soaking and cleaning
- Teeth that will never require denture glue or adhesives
- With regular dental care and oral hygiene, implant teeth that are meant to last for a lifetime
Just because you are missing one or more natural teeth, it’s still important to make every effort to protect your remaining teeth. Plus, this is a decision that you will need to feel comfortable with every day. Contact the office of Dr. Carlos Ibanez at 434-295-0911 to learn more about your options.