Dental implants: A great long term investment
There are many options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. Removable partial dentures can be an inexpensive and relatively quick tooth replacement solution. Fixed dental bridges are generally a more expensive option, but also have some inherent drawbacks. Dental implants typically cost more than the other options, but also tend to be less expensive and more effective over time.
Dr. Carlos Rafael Ibañez, your implant dentist serving Charlottesville, can explain the ways that dental implants are a fantastic investment in the long run. The advantages of this investment can be observed both in terms of your finances and health.
Although removable partials can be used to quickly replace missing teeth, they require constant monitoring and maintenance. Since the partial fits above the gum line without anchoring to the bone, bone loss or bone resorption can be expected to occur. Unfortunately, as the bone loss occurs, the fit of the partial is dramatically altered. Frequent office visits for adjustments and repairs can begin to quickly add up. Patients with removable partials may also find themselves turning to denture adhesives to cope with the uncomfortable appliance.
Dental bridges are a permanent, more comfortable solution, but it is important to consider the limitations. Dental bridges are suspended just above the gum line, between at least 2 natural teeth. Still unanchored to the bone, dental bridges cannot help to prevent bone loss. Also, since bridges must be permanently bonded to you natural teeth, the entire bridge must be replaced if any treatment is necessary for the adjoining teeth. The adjoining teeth are subject to decay, periodontal disease, and sensitivity, all potentially costly dilemmas.
Dental implants have become increasingly popular due to their successful long term results. Implants anchor directly to the bone, preventing bone loss. The implants are not subject to decay, so there is not possibility of future restorative treatment. Implants do not require special tools for proper homecare. Simple brushing and flossing are sufficient to care for your implant for many years.
Contact our office to schedule your appointment today and find out if dental implants are the right long-term investment for you.