Tooth loss at any age can be a traumatic experience. Perhaps you had severe decay at an early age and lost your teeth to extractions. Or, you lost teeth due to injury from a fall or related to sports. You may have developed complications with a root canal tooth, and it couldn’t be saved. Or, you developed an abscess or gum disease that resulted in extractions. Maybe your tooth just never developed and it has always been missing.
Treatment approaches can vary from doing nothing to conventional bridges, to modern dental implants. Some people seek immediate treatment while others wait. Patients should first consider what their motivations are for replacing teeth.
If left untreated, You may now notice gradual shifting of your teeth and emergence of new problems. If they are front teeth, it may also cause social hindrance because of missing teeth, which in turn effects beauty of your smile. If they are back teeth, you may not be able to chew properly and may not eat your favorite foods and lead a healthy life.
A bridge requires the cutting down of healthy adjacent teeth.
Disadvantages of bridges:
Bridges compromise the long-term health of adjacent teeth by removing the enamel and placing additional forces on them.
Bridges are difficult to clean, and the teeth are susceptible to decay, root canals and gum problems.
When bridges fail, additional teeth are often affected, and more extensive treatment is usually necessary.
Dental implants are made up of bio compatible & Bone friendly Titanium alloys. They clearly offer the best replacement option in today’s dentistry because of their unique property of natural healing and osseointegration.
Any age limits for Dental implants?
Dental implants should not be done until a patient has completed their growth, typically age 16 to 17 in females and 18 to 21 in males. Some older patients fear their jaw bone is too weak. The fact is, dental implants areequally successful and have excellent prognosis. No one is too old for dental implants, and for many, improvement in chewing and aesthetics adds confidence and quality to their lives.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth.
- The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state.
- Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures.
- Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth.
- Convenient oral hygiene
- Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence
- Improved ability to chew and taste foods