When you need to replace a cracked tooth, there are several options to consider. When determining which method of tooth replacement will best suit your needs, it’s essential to consider every factor, as your long term smile, comfort, health and appearance depend on your choice.
Reasons for dental implants, and for crowns over the implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting surrounding teeth
- Resolve joint pain and bite problems caused by shifting teeth
- Restore a confident smile
- Restore proper chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial profile
- Support bridges or dentures, making them more secure and comfortable
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants are a safe and effective method of tooth replacement. If you’ve lost teeth due to disease, trauma, or tooth decay, dental implants will restore your smile. As dental implants are made of biocompatible titanium, metal allergies should not preclude you from dental implants. However, if you have concerns allergies, please address this with Dr. Thomas during your consultation.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
After losing multiple teeth, you will likely need to make a decision between dental implants and dentures. Because of the significant impact tooth replacement is certain to have on your oral functions and everyday life, it is vital that you familiarize yourself with all available treatment options.
Benefits of Dental Implants Over Dentures:
- Permanence – Dental implants are permanently placed. You do not need to remove them or worry about them falling out. On the other hand, dentures are a temporary solution and must be removed while sleeping and for cleaning them.
- Stability – Dental implants integrate with your jawbone forming a solid foundation for your crowns. While dentures rest on your gums and stay in place usually with an adhesive. There is a possibility for unsightly shifting when wearing dentures.
- Maintenance – With dental implants, you simply need to practice the good dental hygiene habits that your natural teeth would require. Dentures require additional hygiene attention and additional products.
- Durability – Dental implants are designed durable and will not require replacement with proper dental hygiene habits. Dentures often require replacement or refitting due to wear,tear, bone loss, and tissue changes.
- Health – When your missing teeth are replaced with implants and crowns over the implants you stimulate your jawbone to remain healthy and strong. Wearing dentures compresses the tissue speeding up the bone loss.