False Teeth - Making the Right Choices

Are Dental Implants Better Than Your Natural Teeth? What You Need To Know

For many adults, losing one or more permanent teeth can be frustrating. Whether the tooth loss is from an accident, an illness, gum disease, or severe decay, a dental implant can be a wonderful way to restore your smile. If you lose teeth, it can impact your ability to speak certain words or sounds and can decrease your self-confidence. In many cases, dental implants may be a better option than your natural teeth if they are in serious disrepair. Here are some things you need to know:

Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?

There are several tooth replacement options to consider. You can opt for dentures or bridges as well as dental implants. Dentures and bridges require regular maintenance, such as removal and cleaning. Dental implants have a high success rate and do not require any additional maintenance outside of regular brushing and flossing.

Are Dental Implants Better Than Natural Teeth?

In some cases, dental implants are better than your natural teeth. The outcome depends on your circumstance. In some cases, a natural tooth can be easily restored with a root canal and a crown. However, you can go this route and the tooth can still fail if it is severely damaged. Severely damaged teeth will need several appointments to fix, and they can still need to be ultimately extracted. When in doubt, it is best to try to save a natural tooth if possible.

In other cases, dental implants can be a healthier option, such as if a tooth is badly decayed or suffering from bad gum disease. You will not only have a tooth that looks better, but you can also count on the implant to remain in place. You do not have to be concerned about the implant failing like a natural tooth can. You also do not have to worry about a diseased tooth's negative overall health impacts, including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, or problems corresponding with diabetes.   

In addition, dental implants do not decay. A natural tooth, even when repaired with a crown, can still decay in some instances. A dental implant is also better for your bone density. Decayed natural teeth can cause a breakdown of the jawbone, but a dental implant can help retain your bone density.

Keep in mind that not all patients are eligible for dental implants. If you are interested in getting dental implants to replace one or more of your natural teeth, you need to seek a consultation with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate.