If you are planning to have a tooth extracted, or if you have already had a tooth removed, you should be well-aware of your options for replacing that missing tooth. Taking your long-term health and expectations under consideration, you can choose the tooth replacement that will be best for you. Then, with your implant dentist, you can develop a strategy for setting your plan in motion.
Although dental implants are typically the first choice for tooth replacement, it’s not a matter of simply placing an artificial tooth into an empty space. Instead, you’ll need to consider your overall dental health. How many natural teeth are remaining, and what is the long-term prognosis for those teeth? How healthy are the gums and the underlying bone? How strong is your commitment to daily oral hygiene? Are you healthy enough for surgery? How much have you budgeted for dental care?
If you are interested in alternatives to dental implants, such as a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture, your care may include fillings, root canals, and periodontal treatments in order to stabilize the teeth that will support your bridgework. That’s because your bridge or partial will only be as stable as the teeth that are used to anchor it.
No tooth replacement solution is without limitations. Bridges and partials can create excessive stress on the neighboring teeth and gums. These restorations are also at risk for breaking or needing to be replaced in the future. If the supporting teeth are damaged or need to be extracted, the bridge or partial may no longer be functional.
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime and should not need to be replaced. Routine dental care and diligent homecare will be required in order to prevent bone loss and implant failure. With far fewer limitations than any other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants continue to be the most ideal alternative to your natural teeth.
Contact the office of Dr. John M. Hucklebridge today to learn more about your options and find out which one is right for you.