Why Implants Are Superior to Other Tooth Replacement Options
Submitted by Dr. Samir Ayoub on November 4, 2019 - 9:00 am
Nobody likes to think about losing a tooth or undergoing tooth extraction. The prospect of having a noticeable gap or losing normal chewing function is very upsetting. But if you find yourself facing tooth loss or extraction, it is good to know that you have several replacement options.
One such option, dental implants, stands head and shoulders above the alternatives in terms of appearance, stability and longevity.
Read on as San Francisco implant dentist Samir Ayoub reveals why implants are superior to other tooth replacement options.
Most Natural Look and Feel
In terms of look and feel, dental implants always outperform other tooth replacement options like dentures. Dentures have a reputation of being uncomfortable and bulky. They can slip or slide around in the mouth or make embarrassing clicking or popping noises.
Implants, on the other hand, look and feel almost exactly like natural, healthy teeth. Because they are anchored in the jawbone, implants allow for normal chewing and biting function. They do not move around in the mouth when eating or speaking. Also, the materials used are extremely lifelike, so it is very difficult to differentiate between an implant and a natural tooth.
Support Jawbone Health
Normally when a tooth falls out, the underlying jawbone starts to deteriorate from the absence of stimulation normally provided by chewing forces. As the bone shrinks, other teeth can loosen and fall out and the facial structures can eventually collapse. Dentures and bridges unfortunately can’t transmit the chewing forces to the jawbone because of the way they are designed.
But implants are specifically designed to mimic a natural tooth root, and the implant post is placed directly in the jawbone. If you have an implant, the act of chewing normally helps give the jawbone the stimulation it needs to thrive.
No Impact on Other Teeth
Implants have no impact on the surrounding teeth and do not rely on them for strength or support. Because they do not attach to the adjacent teeth (like a dental bridge or partial denture does), those natural teeth are more likely to remain intact and less likely to wear down and require repair over time.
Implants last considerably longer than other tooth replacements because the titanium post or screw becomes part of the underlying jawbone’s anatomy. When you consider how often dental bridges or dentures need to be repaired, relined or completely replaced (sometimes every few years), you can truly appreciate the longevity of a dental implant.
Consult with Our Implant Dentist
If you would like to discuss your dental implant options with a trusted dentist, Dr. Ayoub invites you to schedule a consultation at his San Francisco practice today.