Tooth loss can occur because of poor oral hygiene, gum disease, plaque buildup, and injury. If you are looking for an option to replace any of your missing teeth, there are several available options to consider. The most common procedures include bridges, crowns, removable dentures, and dental implants. Each of these options has pros and cons but dental implants are generally viewed as the “best” option.
Why Are Dental Implants So great?
Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option because they work exactly like your natural teeth. Implants replace the root as well as the tooth by being placed directly into the jawbone. This allows them to function like a natural tooth and allows you to go about your life as you normally would. You brush and floss your dental implant just like normal. Other options like dentures require extra cleaning procedures. Dental Implants allow you to eat all of your favorite foods as well. Sticky foods(gum, caramel, toffee, etc.) and hard foods(nuts, ice, apples, etc.) can ruin crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Dental Implants are definitely the most carefree option but aren’t always the best choice.
Why Dental Implants Might Not Be Best for You
While dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option for your tooth or teeth, they also require a very long process. Dental implant procedures can last about 6 months or so. In some cases, a person’s jaw bone doesn’t have enough bone or is not strong enough to hold the implant in place. If this is the case then a bone graft along with healing time is needed before the procedure can continue. Another issue with implants is the cost of the procedure. Due to the length of the procedure and the surgeries involved this can be costly even with insurance. It is always best to consult with your dentist about all of the tooth replacement options available to you.
Professional Dental Implants with AH Dentistry
Dr. Alberto A. Herrero is our experienced cosmetic dentist at AH Dentistry. Dr. Herrero is committed to providing personalized care to all of his patients in Ann Arbor, MI, Pittsfield Charter Township, MI, Ypsilanti, MI, and the surrounding areas. He will talk to you and suggest the best procedure to improve your smile. Our staff is ready to help you achieve a brilliant smile. If you have any questions regarding dental bridges or any of our other dental services, call our office today at (734) 222-9140 or contact us online.