You will be surprised to know that according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 years old are missing around 7 teeth on an average. That means, while most people have 32 teeth, the people in the above age only have 25 teeth on average.
Fortunately, we have several different options to replace teeth. Dental technology has come a long way and now implants are considered the best and ideal option for replacing missing teeth.
Single Implant Crowns
Implants are the closest to our natural teeth and are the most ideal option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Implants are titanium screws that are directly placed inside your jaw bone by doing a minor surgical procedure. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that has been used in the medical and dental field for several years. You might have seen or heard about titanium being used for prosthetic joints.
This titanium screw acts like your tooth root and the bone in your jaw grows around it and makes it very stable. Once your jaw bone is completely healed a porcelain tooth/ implant crown is placed on top of it.
Implant surgery is a minor surgery. Most patients are able to go back to work right after the procedure or the very next day. Pain associated with the surgery is very minimal.
Implants have a very high success rate and they have a very long life span making them the most cost-effective and the treatment of choice for many patients.
There is minimal maintenance required other than professional cleanings and exams as recommended by your dentist and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine.
If you have more than one tooth missing in the same area of your mouth then your dentist will recommend an implant bridge. An implant-supported bridge is an excellent choice to replace a span of several missing teeth.
As opposed to the traditional bridge implant bridge that will not affect your adjacent teeth. The dentist will not have to grind down the adjacent teeth. They look and feel natural and you can smile confidently. They best mimic your natural teeth structure so you can eat everything as you did before. They are again long lasting and aesthetically pleasing. They are easy to maintain, just see your dentist every 6 months and brush and floss regularly.
Implant retained dentures
This option is for patients who are missing all their teeth. Implant supported dentures are a type of dentures that snap on to implants by means of special attachments. The implants and the attachments keep the denture very stable in your mouth without any risk of the denture ever popping out while you are talking of chewing. Implant retained dentures are the standard of care for completely edentulous patients.