If you have a missing tooth (or several missing teeth) but your dental and oral health is otherwise good, you are probably a candidate for dental implants. Many people assume, if they need to replace one or more teeth, that they will need to get a bridge or dentures, but that is not always the case. In fact, there are quite a few reasons to consider dental implants over other options for tooth replacement.
Typically, with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a bridge can last up to between five and seven years. With the same kind of care, a dental implant can last ten years or more.
If you opt for a bridge, you will have to have the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth shaved down and prepared for crowns. This means, if you ever decide to replace your bridge with a dental implant, you will need to get crowns for those teeth. You may want to consider dental implants simply because you will not have to damage any of your other teeth.
Both bridges and dentures require special care. With dentures, you will have to take them out at night and clean them separately. With a bridge, you will need a special device to floss under it. Consider dental implants because they function exactly like natural teeth and require no special care once they are fully healed.
You will never have to worry about getting a cavity in a dental implant. The implant itself, which replaces the root of your tooth, is titanium, and the crown is porcelain. Thus, bacteria cannot attack them and cause damage.
If you want to learn more about why you should consider dental implants, please contact us today at our office in Leesburg at 703-779-2296. At Cardinal Park Family Dental, we are here for you and all of your restorative dentistry needs.