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Published on: September 2, 2014
Dental implant technology has advanced to the stage where nobody except a dentist can tell the difference between the replacement teeth and the teeth that were there previously. They work just as well, and look and feel the same.
The dentist always tries to preserve natural teeth if possible. Sometimes, however, teeth have to be removed - and of course replaced.
The traditional forms of tooth replacement are dentures and bridges. They have the advantage of not requiring time to heal after treatment, and they are also cheaper in some cases.
Removable dentures rest on soft tissue over the bone, causing pressure which leads to bone deterioration. Since dentures cover large areas of the oral cavity, they can interfere with the sense of taste. And the fewer remaining teeth there are, the less stably dentures are held in place.
Bridges are supported by the teeth on each side, In order to fit the bridge, these teeth have to be ground down and capped, potentially reducing their lifetime. There may also be a need for root canal treatment. The bridge may also overload the supporting teeth, another source of risk
Dental implants offer the most biologically sound form of restoration. Unlike removable dentures, there is no sense of having a foreign body in your mouth, you can talk and chew with no worries, taste your food properly, and your teeth all look completely natural. The jawbone also stays healthier without the pressure of dentures.
The procedure may involve several steps and some healing time after the implant is inserted. Unlike bridges, however, implants need no support from your own teeth, which are left completely intact. Implants are also providing many more options for the final replacements.