Dental implants can be necessary for a number of reasons. Gum disease, extensive tooth decay, mouth trauma, etc., can make implants a necessity. Some dental implants may be needed for aesthetic reasons, such as if there is damage to the front of the mouth that results in tooth damage or loss. In other cases, depending on the location of the damaged or lost teeth, implants may be needed to keep the teeth and jawline properly aligned as well as to prevent issues with eating or speaking.
There are other options for replacing missing teeth besides dental implants. A bridge can be used in the place of side-by-side teeth. Dentures are complete sets of artificial teeth set into artificial gum-like plates that attach to the natural gums. Over time, the denture plates will cause the bone below the natural gums to break down until the dentures no longer fit properly. Dental implants can prevent this type of problem.
Studies have been conducted among denture-wearers who have worn them for several years. The studies revealed that the vast majority preferred dental implants after switching. Dental implants don't need to be removed for cleaning and then replaced in the mouth like dentures do. Dental implants also preserve the bone underneath the gums, whereas dentures break it down after years of wear. Implants are a great choice because along with replacing the tooth itself, they also act as a root for the tooth. They are permanent, so there is no chance of slippage once they have been surgically implanted. They work to keep the jawbone strong and healthy, whereas dentures can break down the bone and cause serious damage. Implants also help the face to maintain its shape; dentures can cause sagging of the face. Dental implants make it easier to chew food and to speak more clearly than dentures.
A dental bridge is designed to keep a new tooth in place in an area of the mouth where one is missing. A metal form is attached to the existing teeth on either side of the space where the tooth is missing. To do this, a small bit of enamel is removed from the teeth that the metal piece must be attached to. This leaves at least one very vulnerable area on the tooth, where the enamel has been removed.
A dental crown requires that a part of the tooth be removed via drilling in order for a crown to be placed on it, again, leaving a weak and vulnerable area on the tooth. While dental crowns are used to protect or cover weak or broken teeth, dental implants actually replace damaged teeth in a more permanent way. They also provide better results than crowns or bridges when it comes to eating, speaking, etc.
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