3 Reasons to Replace Bad Teeth with Implants
When it comes to cost effectiveness, there’s no tooth replacement with a better return on investment than dental implants. In nearly 98% or more of implant cases, the artificial root lasts for the entire life of the patient. What other prosthesis can do that? None! If you’re still not convinced that implants are best, here are three reasons why you should replace bad teeth with implants:
1. Prevent Tooth Movement in Your Stable Teeth
The very first goal of any tooth replacement — aside from aesthetics — is to preserve the natural spacing of your remaining teeth.
When a tooth is removed, it causes two spacing problems:
- the tooth opposite of it will begin to lift out of its socket to find a biting partner, and
- the teeth adjacent to the gap will start to lean inward.
This causes a chain reaction across your entire mouth. If you’ve ever worn braces, it could mean losing your entire time and monetary investment.
Implants keep your other teeth right where they were, because it’s custom designed to fit the unique characteristics of your mouth. The implant is like having a new tooth all over again, both functionally and aesthetically.
2. Improve Your Self-Esteem by Replacing Missing Teeth
Losing a tooth may not seem like a big deal at first. But if that “hole” shows when you smile, you might start to notice a change in your demeanor. Missing teeth can make you feel embarrassed, or just too self-conscious to smile in public. Sure, you may feel like it’s something you can live with, but other people will start to notice a change in your personality as well.
Being that implants stand independently of other teeth, they function more like a real tooth than any other type of tooth replacement. You won’t have to file down healthy teeth to support a bridge, or wear a removable partial denture with visible metal clasps. Your smile will look more natural…and you’ll be happy to show it off freely!
3. Take Steps to Stop Dental Bone Loss
Any time a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone around it begins to shrink away. This causes a couple of different problems: 1) it reduces the support to your neighboring teeth; and 2) it can change the contour and shape of your facial profile, making it look “sunken” or older than you really are.
Because implants are made of titanium (the same material used in many joint replacement prosthetics) it encourages new bone growth, instead of bone loss. This preserves bone structure but it also causes the body to permanently fuse with the implant itself…keeping it in place.
If you’re trying to decide on the best step to replace missing teeth in Ventura, be sure to visit with Dr. David Satnick. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the dental implant process and help you decide if they’re the best option for your needs.