Although tooth loss is rarely welcomed, patients today have far more options for replacement than they did just over a decade ago. When forced to choose between life with missing teeth and life with crude replacements, many opted for the former. Today, you have many options regardless of how many teeth you’ve lost, the location of your lost teeth, or your budget. Dr. Ryan Hussong of Cornerstone Dental, who provides dental implants in Polk City, IA shares the advantages of modern dental implants over other alternatives.
Dental Implants Replace Lost or Missing Teeth
Years ago, replacing a single missing tooth meant wearing a fixed dental bridge or a removable appliance. Patients often found that the appliance interfered with speech and was terribly uncomfortable to wear. The bridge forced the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support the replacement tooth, and the stress made them vulnerable to decay. Today, a single dental implant looks, feels, and works exactly the same as your natural teeth.
If you’ve lost more than one tooth in a row, Dr. Hussong may recommend dental implants as part of a fixed bridge. Perhaps the greatest advantage of using dental implants in this case is that it your natural teeth are not compromised in any way. For patients who have lost all of their teeth, or who have required extractions of all their teeth, dental implants are the closest option to your natural teeth in terms of appearance, function, and durability. Implants are an ideal alternative to full, removable dentures.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures
Although dentures—partial or complete—remain one of the most popular options for replacing teeth, implants offer several advantages. Some of the things Cornerstone Dental’s patients love most about dental implants include:
- No need for denture adhesives, soaks, or special cleaning products
- Dental implants are permanent, so you don’t have to remove them for cleaning
- Because they are surgically implanted into your jawbone, you needn’t worry about them slipping or fitting improperly
- They do not click or pop while you speak, and others are unable to tell that you have dental implants.
Have you lost one or more teeth? To learn more about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong, contact Cornerstone Dental at (515) 684-9001. Our Polk City, IA dentist office is pleased to serve patients living in Alleman, Ames, Ankeny, Bondurant, Des Moines, and the surrounding communities.