Just because you lost a tooth, or five, does not mean it’s the end of the world and the start of wearing dentures. But of the different options that will help you fill in that gap, dental implants are the most recommended by dentists. Here are other things you’d need to know:
1. Implants do not damage adjacent teeth.
The primary disadvantage of bridges and dentures is the fact that they rely heavily on the teeth flanking the gap in order to anchor the lost tooth or teeth. In the case of bridges, the adjacent teeth become prone to tooth decay and are generally weaker. On the other hand, dentures are notorious for fit problems, they may fit not but could become loose in just a matter of days, and cause taste problems with the wearer.
On the other hand, dental implants make use of a titanium rod which is drilled into your jawbone and then a cap placed over that rod in order to give an impression of a natural tooth. Not only is the implant sturdy, but it also does not pose any threat to the nearby teeth.
2. The quality of the implant depends on its how it is made.
The most durable implants are those which were made by the original Swedish manufacturer. In fact, the success rate for these implants is at 90%. However, generic implants are on the rise and they are becoming more and more popular especially because they are less expensive than the Swedish implants. This despite the lack of studies concerning these generic implants which means that their success rate could not yet be determined. Ask your dentist what kind of implant he or she is using and the success rate he or she has had with it.
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