When it comes to tooth replacement, often dental implants will come up in the conversation. Are dental implants the best way to replace a missing tooth? The answer is a resounding, YES.
Dental implants have a long track record of success, implants have been used for decades as a way to replace one or more missing teeth and long term success of this treatment is excellent.
If you opt to replace a tooth with a dental implant, we always suggest that it is best to start by having a 3D scan of the implant site (called a cone beam CT scan). This allows us to determine the exact amount of bone that is available to house the implant. This is critical for us to know to ensure the long term health and stability of the implant, as well as to ensure that the implant does not impinge on vital structures such as nerves and sinuses. Occasionally, the scan may reveal that there is an inadequate amount of bone present. Determining this from the outset helps us to discuss options including bone grafting, referral to a specialist, or alternative tooth replacement options.
When considering the alternative options, such as fixed bridges, or removable partial dentures, it is important to remember that dental implants are the longest lasting, most lifelike, most comfortable, and easiest to clean tooth replacement. This is because once the implant is placed and restored it looks and functions like a regular tooth. Unlike a partial denture, it does not need to be removed for cleaning, and unlike fixed bridges it does not require shaving down other teeth in order to be fit. Dental implants can still be cleaned with a normal brush and floss just like your other teeth, and keeping things clean is the most important factor for the long term success of any dental work.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, contact us to set up a consultation visit in order to assess and discuss your particular needs.