Don’t ignore missing teeth!

missing teethAs people live longer and have more active lives, losing even a single tooth prematurely can be extremely upsetting. The loss of any tooth is a cosmetic issue but it may also become a long term health issue. In fact, the teeth do not stand alone. They are part of an integrated and complex system, where each element plays an important role.

Every single tooth ensures, for example that the remaining teeth stay aligned, allowing also the correct chewing of foods.

When a tooth is missing, healthy teeth tend to change position, which may cause occlusion and articulation disorders in the future. On the other hand, missing teeth cause loss bone from the jaws, because the bone is no longer stimulated during the chewing which can afterwards result into the loss of more teeth.

One of the many benefits of dental implants is they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They also provide an alternative solution to crowns, bridges or uncomfortable and loose dentures.

Why implants?

Today, Implantology offers a wide range of solutions to replace missing teeth. Adapted to each case, these solutions allow you to recover your quality of life, your smile and self-confidence.

Considered a major advance in dental care, implants are a solution aesthetically pleasant not only in replacing natural teeth in a perfect way but also by offering many advantages that contribute for preserving oral health:

Durability ; Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime so, if properly cared for, will not require replacement. Bridges are an alternative option for those in need of replacement teeth, but with a much shorter life expectancy than implants, typically requiring replacement every ten years.

Cost-Effectiveness ; Since dental implants have a much better long-term prognosis, they are more cost-effective than the alternative option of a bridge which, again, is expected to require replacement after ten years.

Bone Preservation ; Since dental implants are essentially substitute tooth roots, they provide the same function as natural tooth roots, specifically the function of stimulating the bone, preserving it and preventing the bone loss that would normally occur when teeth are missing. Bridges do not offer this same benefit. In fact, if you replace a front tooth with a tooth supported bridge, eventually the gums and bone above the replacement tooth collapse, leaving the tooth suspending without support.

Health of Adjacent Teeth; Implant restorations do not involve adjacent teeth, whereas bridges compromise the long-term health of adjacent teeth by removing the enamel and placing additional forces on them. Further, each time the bridge is replaced, more tooth structure is removed.

Esthetics and Function; With dental implants, your replacement teeth will appear and function more like natural teeth, with greater comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. Further, since implants preserve bone and prevent deterioration of the facial structures, appearance is improved as a result; whereas, traditional bridges do not deliver these same kind of benefits.

Oral Hygiene and Maintenance; Since implant supported crowns can be cleaned like a natural tooth, oral hygiene and care is a lot easier and more convenient in comparison to the cleaning and care of bridges. Bridges are difficult to clean and susceptible to decay, root canals, and gum problems.

In weighing the pros and cons of tooth replacement options, it becomes clear why dental implants have become the new standard of care for those seeking solutions for missing teeth.

One of the many benefits of dental implants is they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They also provide an alternative solution to crowns, bridges or uncomfortable and loose dentures.

A dental implant is designed to last for many years, but as it’s surrounded by natural teeth and gum tissue, poor oral hygiene can shorten its lifespan.

Like real teeth, artificial teeth that are not regularly brushed and flossed can develop deposits (plaque and tartar) that eventually lead to dental problems such as bleeding gums, loss of bone, infection and pain.

Properly maintained implants that are anchored by sufficient bone can last for many years, although repairs may be expected like any other dental appliances. In order to achieve a good outcome, your case may need to be managed by several practitioners. While this can affect the length of treatment and costs, it is done in the interests of your long-term wellbeing.

If you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, schedule a consultation appointment with Dental Clinic Antalya to discuss how dental implants could restore your smile and your confidence.

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