Deciding how to replace a missing tooth can seem overwhelming, as there’s more than one way to restore a smile. Talking with your Calgary Dentist about your dental goals and suitability for different methods of replacement can help you reach a choice of treatment that will keep you smiling for years to come.
If you need to replace a single or multiple teeth – dental implants can be a great option for patients who want to restore their mouth with a permanent fixed solution. Unlike a partial or full denture that is considered a removable appliance, and sometimes an unstable option, dental implants are a permanent method of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. And though a dental bridge is also another permanent option – the difference between choosing an implant or a bridge is in the treatment itself, as the bridge involves the preparation of the teeth adjacent to the space, whereas a dental implant is independent of other teeth and does not require adjacent teeth to be involved.
Some of the first patients to ever get dental implants were those who were used to dealing with the challenges of a partial or full denture. Because dentures have a tendency to move during speech and chewing, it’s normal for denture patients to become self-conscious and feel vulnerable sometimes. However, with the placement of dental implants a denture has something rigid to attach to, enabling the denture to function optimally thanks to increased stability. But even if you’re not a denture wearer and are considering the benefits of dental implants – the fixed nature of this tooth replacement system means added comfort and near-natural esthetics that replicate the nature of a natural tooth. Inserted directly in to jaw bone – an implant acts as the root of a missing tooth that is restored with a crown once healing has taken place. Suitable to be used in both the upper and lower arches – dental implants are considered a safe and effective method for restoring a patients smile and confidence.