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When you are missing a tooth, especially in the back of your mouth, you may wonder if the tooth is even worth replacing. The answer is yes; it is crucial to your overall oral health to replace missing teeth no matter where they are in the mouth. Missing teeth can cause bone loss, jaw pain, and even cause your other teeth to shift.
When replacing a missing tooth, it is important to choose the best replacement option based on your specific needs. There are many options available for tooth replacement, but dental implants are the best option for many people.
Here are the top five benefits of dental implants.
1. Dental Implants Are Permanent
If you take proper care of your dental implants (with check-ups and proper oral hygiene), they can last a lifetime. Other tooth replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can last a long time but will eventually need to be replaced. While dental implants are typically more expensive than dental bridges or dentures, they will not need to be replaced, saving you money over time.
2. Other Teeth Are Not Affected
With dental implants, there is no need for harm to be done to adjacent teeth. However, with a dental bridge, the dentist must crown the two teeth next to your missing tooth. If those teeth are healthy, you are putting a crown on teeth that would normally not need to be touched. Dental implants solely focus on the tooth that is missing.
3. Less Upkeep
Even though dental implants and their crown restorations are not “real” teeth, you still need to take care of them.
However, in the long run, dental implants require less upkeep than other tooth replacement options. Dental implants are easier to maintain than dentures or bridges and require fewer trips to the dentist.
4. A Natural Appearance
Dental implants provide a natural appearance and look almost identical to your natural tooth. If someone were to see your dental implant, they would most likely never know it wasn’t your natural tooth. Dental implants do not change your smile in any way, and the restorations can be made to match the color of your other teeth so you can feel confident.
5. Functions Like a Normal Tooth
Dental implants can do virtually anything a real tooth can do. While dentures can fall out and need to be taken out before bed, dental implants stay in your mouth permanently, and you can care for the implant as you would any other tooth. With dental implants, there are no foods you cannot eat.
You are able to enjoy life without having to worry about your implants falling out.