Pros and Cons
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is made out of titanium, which is a material the body will not reject. The safe and extremely durable material is placed in the jaw by Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, and within a few months, the patient’s own bone has accepted the implant and fuses to it extremely well.
This fusing is called osseointegration, which means “bone fused.” The time the dental implant is placed and the fusing is critical for the abutment and permanent porcelain crown to be placed onto the dental implant.
Just Like Your Own Tooth
Dental implants are so successful because it’s like your own tooth, and all the foods you’ve eaten before can be enjoyed again for years to come. The bite is stable because there is a tooth root in place again and adjacent teeth will not start shifting into an open cavity. If that happens, braces will be required.
Another benefit of having a dental implant is that you don’t need to involve the surrounding teeth as is required when making a bridge. With a bridge, the two surrounding teeth must be sacrificed and shaved down so the bridge can fit on the two teeth.
Sacrifice Two Teeth for One
The two teeth used to fit the bridge are now opened up to having problems like decay later on in life. If that happens, the bridge usually requires breaking to work on the decayed tooth or teeth. The expense would then exceed the cost of the dental implant, since a new bridge needs to be made again.
Anytime you can isolate a tooth and repair it without involving any surrounding teeth is something an experienced dentist recommends for their patients long-term oral care.
Flossing Can Be Difficult and Eventually Cause Decay
Flossing is a much easier experience with a dental implant versus a bridge, which requires special techniques. Food often gets stuck under the bridge, causing decay. An implant is just like flossing the original tooth, and it’s easier to keep clean.
Bridgework is No Longer an Option
In some cases, a patient waited too long and has surrounding decayed teeth or the back tooth doesn’t have an adjacent tooth to make a stable bridge. If this is the case, then a dental implant is the only and best option, other than getting dentures. Dentures are very difficult to wear because they sit on soft, movable tissue, and patients continue to lose bone in their jawline as they age. The implant has a tooth root and doesn’t move around, and it retains the natural bone in the jaw.
Thousands of elderly people now get strategically placed dental implants so the dentures have a stable foundation and no longer slip around so they can eat their favorite foods without worrying their teeth will fall out when they eat.
Seeing a Specialist
Make sure and see a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, who has placed thousands of titanium dental implants successfully with beautiful CEREC crowns using the latest technology by Sirona. Having an in-house lab at his private practice means costs are kept down and visits to see Dr. Hauser are few, so you can spend more time with family and not worry about taking a lot of time off work.
At Lakefront Family Dentistry, patients are confident that have been seeing Dr. Hauser for 20 years and know he’s the best cosmetic and general dentist in the Inland Empire, Riverside County, CA.
Call for a free consultation today at (951) 244-9495 if you’re thinking about getting one day dental implants with CEREC technology at an advanced dental practice with Dr. Hauser, or make an appointment online.