Dental implants constitute the most significant advance in dentistry in the last 40 years. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, about 3 million people receive 5.5 million implants each year in the United States, which is growing by an additional 500,000 more patients each year.
Dental implants are similar to traditional crowns, in which the root of a damaged tooth is capped. But when there’s not enough left of the natural tooth to support a crown, an artificial root can be implanted to anchor the crown.
The use of implants allows us to replace teeth with strong and beautiful artificial teeth that look natural and function as well as real teeth.
Why choose an implant over a bridge or dentures?
A New York Times article entitled “A Dental Shift: Implants Instead of Bridges”, the author contends that because of recent improvements in materials, procedures and professional experience, implants have become the best long term solution for tooth replacement.
A bridge is supported by the surrounding teeth, which requires grinding down the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth. Dental implants, however, are placed in the jawbone and don’t impact healthy teeth.
A dental implant is very strong and stable. It most closely resembles a natural tooth. They are also built to last. While bridges last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on how you take care of them, a dental implant can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
At Sage Dental, we will take into account your ow unique situation in determining the right tooth replacement option for you. In general, if there is enough bone structure and your adjacent teeth and overall bite are in good shape, an implant is often a better choice.
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