Not so long ago, if someone had a missing tooth the only option was a dental bridge. But dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges, because they look and function like a natural tooth, and can prevent bone loss in the jaw.
The advantages of an implant over a dental bridge include:
Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last for many years.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, implants blend seamlessly with all the other teeth.
Function – Since they function like natural teeth, dental implants allow for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is required.
Independent – A dental implant is treated individually. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
Dental implants were once rare, but today they are considered a part of mainstream dentistry. They are also one of today’s fastest-growing segments of patient care. If you’re missing a tooth, find out whether you’re a good candidate for an implant by calling the office of William J. Steward Jr. DDS in San Antonio. Other services include general and family dentistry.