Are missing teeth ruining your smile? Did you know missing teeth can also negatively impact your nutrition and oral health? If you are in Calgary, and you are stressed by missing teeth, you’re no doubt a bit overwhelmed by the options to consider for replacement.
You want to be happy with your smile
To repair your smile, you have three primary options to consider for replacing missing teeth: permanent dental implants, bridges or dentures, which are removable. Bridges and dentures have been around for some time, but the American Academy of Implant Dentistry now calls dental implants the preferred method for tooth replacement. There are pros and cons to both options, including a difference in the upfront costs and one involves dental surgery.
Dental implants vs. dentures or bridges
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium, implanted into the jawbone with an artificial tooth attached. Dentures are removable while bridges are cemented on adjacent teeth that have had tooth structure removed to support the bridge. While dentures and bridges provide a more affordable solution to missing teeth, a patient’s experience with these devices differs considerably from the comfort and ease of implants. Here are some of the reasons why dental implants are becoming the preferred treatment for missing teeth.
Why choose dental implants?
1. Durability and ease of care
One of the most common reasons patients choose dental implants instead of dentures and bridges is the fact that they are easy to care for and they are much more durable.
Both dentures and bridges rely on the strength of the surrounding teeth to remain in place. The problem that many patients experience is that there is force applied to the surrounding teeth to ensure the devices stay put. This can cause the surrounding teeth to weaken, leading to increased occurrence of decay and tooth failure. Other patients find that if they apply too much force when chewing or biting, their bridges or dentures fracture.
Because bridges are cemented in place, it is more difficult to keep them clean.
Dental implants are an excellent alternative to these removable devices for several reasons:
- The implanted titanium root of an implant becomes fused to the jawbone: This process is called osseointegration, which provides an incredibly strong foundation for the implanted tooth.
- Implants have no negative effect on surrounding teeth: Dental implants actually help provide support for the surrounding teeth and prevent your existing teeth from shifting to fill any gaps.
- Dental implants function like normal teeth: These implants function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and smile with confidence. Your implants can also be brushed and flossed as usual.
Overall, implants are superior in their longevity and comfort. They can perform much better than dentures or bridges in security, durability, and long-term patient satisfaction.
2. Cost benefit of tooth implants
Compared to the longterm of function provided by an implant, bridges and dentures are not as cost-effective over the long term.
A dental bridge usually lasts about 10 years, and dentures commonly last 7 to 10 years. This means that after replacing a bridge or denture set once, the cost of the device exceeds the cost of a permanent tooth implant.
Because of bridges’ potential for discomfort or further damage to existing teeth, the risk of future costs associated with bridges easily justifies the investment in a permanent tooth implant.
3. The procedure
A concern some patients face when considering dental implants is the fact that it involves a dental surgery. Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised that it was easier than they had expected it to be. Your dedicated team at Mission Oral Surgery will be focusing on your comfort. It’s our goal to minimize fear and to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
When it comes time to place the dental implant, it will require a surgery to place the metal post that will act as the new “root” of your tooth. We then allow the bone to heal around that implant for three to six months. Once we confirm that healing has taken place we will send you back to your dentist to restore your natural looking smile.
At Mission Oral Surgery, we understand the anxiety and concerns patients have when considering dental implants. We take time to educate our patients on all your options so you can make an informed decision. We make sure our patients are comfortable every step of the way.
Dentists and other specialists refer to our dental implant surgeons because they are highly trained specialists in dental implants.
Choose comfort & expertise when you need it most.
If you’re debating between implants and dentures, don’t remain confused or worried about the procedure or the cost. Bring your questions and concerns about dental implants to Mission Oral Surgery in Calgary. Our team of nurses and dental implant surgeons will greet you with a warm welcome and provide you with the best of professional care.
We’ll make you happy with your smile
Contact Mission Oral Surgery today for a consultation with Dr. Goos or Dr. Edwards to find out whether you are a candidate for dental implants. Call 403.244.3678 or use our online form to schedule an implant consultation!