Not only is tooth loss embarrassing, losing your teeth can make eating difficult. It can also be a symptom of other health problems about which you may not be aware. If you’re losing teeth, you should have two check-ups, one with your MD and another with your dental professional.
Having said that, here are two important ways that dental implants will benefit you as a tooth replacement therapy.
Single tooth replacement with dental implants
The scientific literature concerning the use of dental implants to permanently replace a single tooth should be among the “best practices” for prosthodontists. The cost-effectiveness and long-term benefits have been recognized for more than a decade.
According to the review, “For single-tooth replacement, a single implant was a cost-effective treatment option in comparison with a traditional three-unit fixed dental prosthesis.” This is also true when using a dental implant to secure a bridge when replacing two or three teeth, or for “partial tooth replacement.”
Total tooth replacement with dental implants
The use of dental implants to anchor dentures for patients seeking total tooth replacement has become extremely popular in the past two decades or so. While the reasons for this change are many, the most common are patient comfort, ease of use, and esthetics. In other words, patients feel far more confident and smile more often when their new teeth feel “permanent.”
I believe this is why, according to the review of the scientific literature on the efficacy of dental implants for total tooth replacement, “For the replacement of multiple teeth, dental implants (fixed or removable prostheses) were associated with higher initial costs but better improvements in oral health-related quality of life compared with other treatment options.”
In our experience as your Littleton prosthodontist, the boost in self-confidence alone when dental implants are used as a stable foundation for dentures is worth the somewhat higher cost.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.