Dental implants in Chandler Arizona have been available for a few decades. However, most people are still unfamiliar with implants and the advantages that they provide over more traditional dental treatments. There are many important ways that implants are the best choice to replace a missing tooth.
A dental implant creates a permanent tooth replacement. Bridges, dentures and other more conventional dental treatments will all need to be repaired or replaced from time to time. A dental implant can be expected to last for a lifetime with proper care. In comparison, dentures often need repaired every few years and replaced periodically. Bridges and crowns last longer, but will still need replaced every 10-15 years.
2. Maintain Jaw Health
Bridges and dentures attach to surrounding teeth and ride on top of the gums. They are not generally anchored into the jaw bone. One problem with missing teeth is that the jaw bone will begin to shrink over the years without the support of teeth embedded in the bone. However, dental implants are embedded into the gums just like natural teeth. As the implant is bedded into the bone, it will also work to prevent jaw shrinkage.
3. Support Surrounding Teeth
In addition to supporting the jaw bone, implants will also help support surrounding teeth. When teeth are missing in the mouth, other teeth will begin to settle into the opening. A few missing teeth in the back of the jaw can result in the front teeth becoming crooked as the remaining teeth move into the gaps. By adding an implant, a person will have a strong tooth replacement that will help them to chew food and prevent adjacent teeth from becoming misaligned.
If you live in the Chandler, AZ, area and are interested in learning more about dental implants and if they may be right for you, contact our office at (480)306-5506.