Why Patients Prefer Tooth Implants

For as long as there have been dentists, people have been trying to come up with good ways to deal with the problem of lost teeth. Not even perfect oral hygiene can guarantee that people will never face this problem since a tooth can be removed in an accident or a fight as readily as it can be lost to slow decay. When patients assess their options and decide how they want to go about replacing what they’ve lost, the ideal option is usually considered to be Tooth Implants.

The simplest approach, short of doing nothing at all, is often to go with a partial denture. This is an artificial piece that can be both inserted and removed by the patient. In fact, it must be removed regularly because they require special care to ensure that they remain clean and in good condition. That, plus the fact that they can become loose and may move around, makes many people decide that this is not a convenient option.

A more permanent option to is to add a bridge. This is another form of an artificial tooth, but one that’s anchored permanently in place. This is achieved by fixing it to the neighboring teeth. Unfortunately, those teeth must be filed to create the necessary shape and room for the installation of the appliance. This can make them more vulnerable to decay, and lead to periodontal disease and additional root canals down the line.

Patients who are healthy enough prefer an implant to either of these because it offers the chance to install a permanent replacement tooth without doing any damage to its neighbors. To anchor it, a dentist installs a metal pin directly into the patient’s jaw. Once it has had time to heal, the bone itself will grip onto the pin and a crown can be added on top, creating a very convincing illusion that the individual has a full set of teeth.

Implants are safer for neighboring teeth and are a lot less work over time than the other methods that dentists have available to replace a missing tooth. They do require a couple of surgical procedures initially, but patients who still have long and healthy lives to live often prefer to deal with that up front rather than to spend a lifetime dealing with the shortcomings of bridges and dentures.