Preserve Natural Teeth with Dental Implants
Patients who have already lost one permanent tooth understandably want to avoid suffering that same fate again in the future. Yet, some tooth replacement methods can compromise the surrounding biological teeth in different ways. Working with an implant dentist will improve your chance of keeping your remaining natural teeth.
Dental implants stand alone, and they have minimal effect on surrounding teeth. The implants fuse with the bone, which means that they require no structural support from the adjacent teeth. In this way, dental implants mimic the structure of a biological tooth.
In contrast, other tooth replacement treatments rely on support from surrounding teeth. A fixed permanent bridge requires crowns to be placed on neighboring teeth to hold the pontic (the artificial crown) in place. The process of placing crowns involves shaving healthy enamel from the teeth to accommodate the crown. This can compromise the tooth’s integrity.
Dental implants also help to preserve teeth by maintaining the natural jawbone structure, which also helps to prevent further tooth loss. When the jawbone begins to erode, as it does when the missing root structure is not replaced, the longevity of the other teeth may be effected. Keep in mind that alternatives to dental implants do not replace the absent tooth’s root.
Another benefit of dental implants is the ability to withstand normal chewing forces. Because the implant is able to participate in chewing just as its neighbors do, no excessive forces are transferred to surrounding teeth. When the other teeth have to absorb such forces, they wear down more quickly.
Furthermore, if the missing tooth is not replaced at all, the remaining teeth may shift to fill in the gap. When the natural teeth move to unnatural positions, damage may occur.
If you want to choose a tooth replacement method that will help to preserve your remaining teeth, consider dental implants. An implant dentist can give you guidance on this treatment option and what it will entail for you.
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