Dental Implants vs. Dentures
In North America, statistics show that almost three-quarters of adults (between the ages of 35 and 45) have at least one tooth missing. A little hard to believe, but it makes more sense when you consider how many people have experienced serious tooth decay, gum disease, fractured teeth, or simple accidents. Today, there are excellent solutions for missing teeth, and two of those solutions are dental implants and dentures.
Dentures are essentially “false teeth”. They are suitable for certain patients, and not suitable for others. And while product quality has been improved over the years, they still need to be secured with dental adhesive, and may move out of place from time to time. Another option is partial dentures, but these suffer from other potential risks, like infection when not perfectly fitted. In either case, a dentist will properly assess.
For a patient who has missing teeth, with healthy gums and good general health, the option of dental implants is a viable one. Dental implants are essentially “replacement teeth”. They are surgically implanted into the jaw, and can easily remain for more than twenty years without replacement. One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can be successfully implanted whether there is only one tooth missing or several.
The whole idea behind dental implants is to replace a root and provide support for a so-called “artificial replacement” tooth. Without getting overly technical, an implant basically connects an incoming replacement tooth to the jaw. Dental implants provide a physically comfortable fit for the patient, and look exactly like natural teeth. The truth is, only your dentist and your hygienist will know that it’s a replacement tooth.
Aesthetically, dental implants are a superior option for teeth that require replacement. But there’s more – dental implants contribute to the integrity of the neighboring bone structure, and help preserve the health of adjacent teeth. More importantly, dental implants allow for “bite forces” to be distributed evenly, allowing a patient to bite and chew more naturally. But best of all, implants have high success outcomes.
With today’s advanced medical techniques and state-of-the-art tools, dental implants are now routine. After appropriate preparation, the dental surgeon implants a small “post” in the jaw, to serve as an anchor for the incoming “replacement” tooth. In the meantime, a custom-made artificial tooth is fabricated and prepped for attachment to the “post”. And when completed, the implant looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Dental implants are the ideal option for patients whose gums are in good health, and who have adequate bone mass. But it’s important to remember that this is a surgical procedure that requires expertise and precision from the entire dental team. And at the Accolade Dental Centre, the priority is to provide the highest standard of health care. Beyond the tools and technology, patient wellbeing is at the forefront.
Of course, the best approach to dental health is a preventive approach. And at Accolade Dental Centre the focus is always on regular dental health maintenance and prevention. It’s a proven way to impede the development and deterioration of future problems.