If you have been recommended a dental implant, you are bound to question whether it is worth the amount that you would be paying for it. You tend to question it especially because one tends to believe that they could make do with various alternatives available and save significant amounts. In such situations, people tend to consider options like root canal therapy, crowns, dentures and bridges. Dental implants are one of the most preferred alternatives for treating tooth loss by Barrie dentist. If you are considering a dental implant, the following are some points to keep in mind that would help you make an informed decision.
What are partial bridges and dentures?
A section of artificial teeth which has been anchored to its neighbour teeth for support and keeping it in its place is called a partial bridge. In the case of dentures, there is a pink acrylic on which artificial teeth are securely placed. Then this acrylic is placed on the remaining gums in order to replace the one that has shrunk. However, bone loss poses a challenge to the use of partial bridges and dentures. As there are no teeth on the gums, the gums begin to shrink and it also leads to bone deterioration which could result in about 75% of jaw bone loss. There is a further effect on the teeth used for anchoring in the case of bridges. With time, the stress which has been placed on them builds up and affects them which could lead to them needing replacement.
What are dental implants?
The problems of bone loss and gum shrinkage have been addressed by dental implants. It solves the issue of stability and comfort by offering a permanent solution that saves you from further costs and visits to the dentist. In Dental implants, a titanium screw is fitted into the jaw bone so that it acts as the tooth root. Once it has healed, a false tooth is screwed at the top. As it resemblances a natural tooth it is able to prevent bone loss and gum shrinkage. They are easy to care for and need regular brushing and flossing. They can be used to replace single or multiple teeth.
What is gum shrinkage?
If you are suffering from gum shrinkage and further loss of teeth, then dentures and bridges would need replacing every now and then. The cost of replacement over a lifetime is greater than the one time cost of using dental implants. When being replaced the bridges have to include the teeth which were previously used for anchoring and it depends on their present condition. The dentures might eventually slide and slip if the gum continues to shrink which affects the comfort and confidence of the user. Having dental implants means that you no longer have to worry about the teeth sliding and affecting your lifestyle as they are as strong as natural teeth.