Your teeth are designed to go the distance with you, but life often has different plans. Whether you’ve lost your tooth in an accident, or decay or gum disease has wreaked havoc in your mouth, there are many solutions — but none come close to dental implants in terms of form and function.
At St. George Family Dentistry, under the expert guidance of Dr. Matthew St. George, we want to provide the best tools available to our Fulton, Missouri, clients to serve them well far into the future. If you have a missing tooth (or teeth), our goal is to supply you with a solution that allows you to function as if nothing were amiss. And dental implants are the right tools for the job.
Here are five reasons why dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth.
1. Down to the root
We’re going to lead off with the biggest advantage of dental implants over the other replacement options — dental implants replace your tooth right down to the root. To do this, we place a titanium post into your jawbone to provide superior support that’s anchored by your existing bone. With partial dentures and bridges, we’re able to provide you with teeth, but they’re supported by neighboring teeth, not your jawbone.
2. A natural fit
Once we place the titanium post into your jawbone, your body accepts the post and grows new bone up around it, fusing it into place. This type of support and stability is one of the key advantages to dental implants.
3. Prevents bone loss
Your bone is living tissue, and it’s in a constant state of renewal and repair, so long as your body sends the right signals. When your teeth are active, they tell your body to continue its efforts to shore up the bone surrounding your teeth.
When you lose a tooth, your body no longer registers any activity in the area and stops rebuilding the bone tissue. And this effect doesn’t stay local. As time goes by, you may experience progressive bone loss, which can cause your neighboring teeth to shift out of place. This bone loss can even have an effect on your outward appearance as your jawbone begins to collapse inward.
With a dental implant, we provide your body with a new “root,” which sends out the signal that the site is an active one. This encourages bone renewal and repair around your tooth, helping keep everything in its place.
4. Ease of use
Once your titanium post is fully integrated into your jawbone, we place a crown over the post that fits in seamlessly with your neighboring teeth above the gumline. This crown, coupled with the post, mimics a natural tooth in every way, which allows you to speak and chew with ease.
Dentures are fine options, but these devices are removable, which means you have a different standard of care in order to preserve the life of this equipment. With a dental implant, your new tooth takes its place among your healthy teeth and you take care of it as you do all the others.
(We’re going to take this moment to review good daily care: Brush at least twice a day, floss once, and rinse after meals. Right?)
5. Going the distance
Because your dental implant becomes a fully integrated member of your dental team, the tooth should last a lifetime. By tooth, we mean the titanium post that’s fused into your jawbone. Your crown may wear down in 10-15 years, at which point we simply place a new one over the post.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.