Why a Dental Implant the Best Option to Replace a Missing Tooth.

The options for replacing a missing tooth include a removable partial denture, a fixed bridge, or a dental implant.  Although the partial and bridge are both considered a functional standard of care, the most natural, long-lasting solution is a dental implant.

A dental implant replaces your tooth root which stimulates your bone and gum tissue. The implant crown is firmly anchored. Since an implant is held in by your bone and gum tissue it looks and functions the same as your natural teeth.

Partial dentures and bridges are held in place by your adjacent teeth.  A partial uses metal clasps to secure the partial to natural teeth.  A bridge requires two adjacent teeth to be prepared by removing the enamel and some dentin so the supporting crowns can be attached.  Many times these anchor teeth are perfectly fine and would not otherwise need any treatment.

With good oral hygiene home care and regular dental check-ups, your implant can last the rest of your life.  Partial dentures may maintain function for 7 to 10 years before needing to be replaced.  A dental bridge may last longer if the adjacent teeth supporting the bridge do not develop decay or periodontal disease.

Dental Implant Benefits

  • Natural looking and feeling
  • Works like your natural teeth to maintain bone
  • You can eat anything you like
  • No wear and tear on adjacent anchoring teeth
  • Longest lasting of all options
  • The most cost-effective when considering the normal replacement for the other options
  • Overal best investment for overall health and quality of life

What’s the Next Step?

If you have more questions about Dental Implants, Call Dr. Kent Spurling at Light Touch Dental Laser and Implant Center to set up a Complimentary Implant Consult. You can have a tour of the office, meet the team and discuss your individual situation. We want to answer all your questions and show you some before and after pictures from our Smile Gallery to help you make the best decision for your unique situation. Call today 480-612-6352.

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