Four Reasons to Choose Dental Implants Over Bridges or Dentures
When it comes to replacing your teeth, you have a variety of options that can achieve that. Bridges, dentures, and dental implants in Calgary are all solutions that can replace your teeth.
Dental bridges are false teeth that are anchored by dental crowns fixed on adjacent teeth. These restorations are non-invasive and are durable, lasting for about a decade or so.
The dentures are removable teeth that can replace part or all teeth on the lower or upper jaw. Dental implants are posts fixed on the teeth to support the artificial teeth.
All these restorations can replace your teeth, fix your facial muscles and help you chew. However, of these three options, the dental implants are the most effective, and here are four reasons why:
1. They Offer Bone Support
Bone loss is the most common problem that affects people with missing teeth. As the alveolar bone deteriorates, it can cause the dental structure to weaken. Dentures are a removable restoration that fixes your smile, but they do not stop bone deterioration. With time the jaw shrinks and the dentures become ill-fitting.
Dental bridges can slow bone loss, but not as effective as implants.
Dental implants fuse with your bone to offer support. This will stop bone loss and also support new bone growth. With these titanium screws, you will not experience bone deterioration.
2. Natural Appearance
All these three dental restorations are tooth-colored and they resemble your teeth, However, the dental implants fuse with your existing bone and create a seamless look. While the bridges resemble your teeth, the shade does not match the exact color of your teeth.
A few people are concerned with the metal post’s visibility, but these screws are surgically fixed on the jaw bone. After our dentist in T3C fixes the crown, the screws are not visible.
3. Easy to Maintain
Because dental implants resemble your teeth, they do not require any special dental instructions apart from your standard dental hygiene practices.
With dentures, you need to maintain proper dental hygiene to support them and prevent bacterial buildup. It is important to clean the teeth and the dentures before you put them on to remove any buildup.
4. They Implants Are Long-Lasting
Dental implants are made of titanium screws that are long-lasting. The implants can last for 25+ years and they also cannot decay. The teeth underneath the dental bridges can decay if food sneaks in the tiny spaces between the bridges and the gums.
Also, the bridges last for about 15 years, after which they will need to get replaced. Dentures need realignment every two years and you may need new ones after a few years.
How Are the Dental Implants Fixed?
Dental implants need several dental visits spread over a couple of months. Our dentist in SW Calgary will begin the process with examination and cleaning. The dentist will examine the jaw bone to check if you have enough bone density. It is important to have sufficient bone loss to have the implants fixed.
If you lack the required bone density, the dentist will recommend a bone graft to stimulate new bone growth. A bone grafting procedure involves the use of bone granules from your body or a cadaver. These granules are placed on the jaw to support new bone growth.
After the bone has grown and the jaw is strong, the dentist will drill the jaw to fix the implants and stitch the gums for healing. During the recovery time, you may experience pain, swelling, and bleeding. These problems will clear out in a few days, but if they persist, visit a dentist near you for treatment.
It can take a few months for the osseointegration (fusing of the bone and implant) process to be successful. This process is important for the implant and bone to fuse. If it fails, the implant process will fail too and require the dentist to redo the procedure.
The abutment is fixed after the osseointegration to connect the implant and the crown. Finally, the dentist will fix the dental crowns.
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