After experiencing tooth loss, patients in Encinitas/San Diego have several different options for rebuilding their smiles. For instance, dental bridges can replace one or a couple of adjacent lost teeth. Meanwhile, partial and complete dentures can replace several lost teeth or all of the teeth on an upper or lower dental ridge. For many patients, however, dental implants outperform other options in several important ways.
1. They provider greater stability
Dental implants consist of one or a series of implant posts that resemble healthy, natural teeth roots. The posts are inserted into a patient’s jawbone, and after the bone structure heals to the posts, they become permanent parts of the jawbone. This allows the posts to anchor a dental crown, bridge, or denture with the utmost comfort and stability, much in the same way as natural teeth roots support your healthy teeth.
2. They don’t require additional apparatus
Conventional dental bridges secure your replacement tooth with the help of dental crowns bonded to neighboring teeth. Dentures rely on the curvature of your dental ridge and, in some cases, dental adhesives, while partial dentures include the support of small, hidden clasps. By contrast, dental implants provide more than enough support without the need for any additional measures. They do this by mimicking the natural, supportive structures of your lost teeth roots to anchor your prosthesis in place.
3. They can last much longer
After dental implant posts are placed in the jawbone, they become permanent and can last for life with proper care and maintenance. This also helps your prosthesis last longer thanks to reduced wear and tear. Increased stability means your replacement teeth retain their original positioning and optimal performance longer than traditional options. It also makes replacing a worn or damaged prosthesis easier, as it can be secured to the same dental implant posts that remain.
Find out if you can benefit from dental implants
With their increased stability, comfort, and durability, dental implants can often outperform more traditional prostheses and provide more comprehensive benefits to patients. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.