Dental implants are a modern, conservative, and highly successful means to replace a missing tooth. While there are many reasons that patients lose teeth, implants offer a single-tooth solution!
Historically, missing teeth have been replaced with bridges or dentures. Few patients warm to the idea of dentures, which can be taken in and out of the mouth. While a dental bridge (another tooth replacement option) will stay in the mouth, it has its downfalls as well. A bridge exists on natural teeth, and is therefore subject to decay and failure. Furthermore, in order to perform a bridge, teeth on either side of the missing/lost tooth will have to be reduced to receive the bridge – we have therefore removed unnecessary, healthy tooth structure just to replace one tooth.
While dental implants are a larger investment initially than a bridge, they are ultimately more cost-effective down the road, as bridges often have to be replaced at least once, sometimes twice over the course of a lifetime. Implants are a conservative treatment option to replace a missing tooth, by eliminating the need to involve multiple teeth – becoming a single tooth solution. Additionally, implants can be easily brushed and flossed, just like your natural teeth; the same cannot be said for a bridge. Dental implants have become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth and promoting overall oral health! You can also visit the Dental Implants Page to learn more about this solution.