For many patients, losing a tooth or multiple teeth can be a very emotional event. Not only does tooth loss impact their ability to chew, and in some cases, even how they talk, some people relate to losing a tooth to losing a part of themselves. Dr. Norman counsels patients who have lost a tooth through their options for tooth replacement and the ins and outs of dental implants.
Dental implants are an excellent option to replace lost teeth because they are a permanent solution. This is because the implant is placed on a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Over time, the post becomes ossified or grows, into the jaw. Once it is fully integrated into the bone, a high-quality ceramic tooth is placed onto the post. This ceramic tooth functions just like a natural tooth and can be brushed and flossed normally as part of a regular oral hygiene routine.
Since implants are the most like natural teeth, they allow patients to talk and chew as if they would with their natural teeth.
Implants are also an excellent option because they help prevent the jawbone from atrophying and impacting the other teeth around the gap left by the missing tooth. In many cases, when a patient loses a tooth, the teeth surrounding it and the tooth above it are at risk of being lost, too.
Dental implants, unlike prosthetic dentures, do not move around. Food and bacteria can also get stuck under dentures, putting the patient at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Although dental bridges are an option to replace missing teeth, in many cases the teeth surrounding the gap are in jeopardy of being lost- which makes placing a bridge difficult.
While the cost of dental implants is more than other tooth replacement options, the long-term financial cost of the implant is less than the maintenance and replacement costs of dentures and bridges. It is also less expensive and less detrimental to the overall oral health and wellness of a patient than going without a replacement tooth, as well.
Are you considering a dental implant? Call Dr. Norman today at 425.212.1975.