Dental implants are modern, non-removable tooth replacements. They provide support to secure a crown and bridge firmly in place.
Dental implants are modern, non-removable tooth replacements. A titanium fixture is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums to provide a firm foundation to hold the replacement teeth in place. The replacement teeth can be either permanent or removable.
Whether a bridge or a denture is preferred over an implant depends on the individual’s dental and general health. Below are some common considerations.
For example, if it has been a while since you have lost your teeth, such that your gums and jawbone have receded by quite a bit, it would be quicker to have bridges or dentures for short-term improvement in appearance. Eventually, however, dental implants are recommended as having implants will assist and encourage the re-growing of your gumline and jawbone (which in turn, aids to hold the implant in place). However, if you are a senior who is afraid of getting surgical procedures, then dentures can be a more attractive option for you.
Preference of implant over other options depends on the location and condition of the particular tooth and the number of teeth missing. For example, if you are missing a front tooth, a bridge may be more effective as compared to an implant. Finally, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, a dental implant takes 2-6 months (2-3 visits) to complete while alternatives such as crowns and dentures can be done quicker.