Why should I pick implants over a removable or a regular bridge?
A dental implant can be broken down into 3 significant factors: the titanium fixture (which takes on the role of the root of the tooth), the abutment (which serves as a base and sturdy connector between the implant fixture and the crown), and the crown which completes the tooth-like structure of dental implant).
Titanium has the curious ability to fuse with bone – this is called osseointegration – and it’s this factor that allows the dental implant to be the closest alternative dental science has to offer as a replacement for lost teeth (short of rowing you a new tooth).
A removable option (i.e. dentures) has the prosthetic simply floating above your gums. Without the physical presence of “tooth roots,” your bone just recedes away. This recession can affect the teeth around the missing tooth/teeth, weaken your bite force and even alter your facial structure.
You find similar negatives in the natural bridge, except that in this case, you’re shaving away the adjacent teeth to hold up the pontic (the crown that fills in the space of the missing tooth). It’s always ideal to keep whatever natural tooth structure you have (though at times this is not always possible).
Dental implants certainly are costly when you look at monetary values alone, but the long term quality of life it can afford you is undeniably great.
Here at iSmile Dental, we provide a customized dental implant at more than reasonable costs with highly experienced doctors on staff.