Implants are great alternatives to bridges or dentures when it comes to replacing missing or excessively decayed teeth. Unlike bridges, no drilling is required in this procedure; the decayed tooth is completely extracted to make room for the new replacement tooth implant. This advantageously eliminates the need to trim off healthy tooth enamel from the surrounding teeth on either side. Having said that, in the case that several surrounding teeth have slightly decayed, it may make more sense to choose a bridge instead. Dentures in comparison to implants can be a great alternative for those seeking a less permanent and minimally invasive solution. Implants being the most permanent tooth-replacement solution offer more longevity than their counterparts, but on the down side they are more invasive and require a longer time to heal.
To learn more about the bridge procedure, full dentures or partial dentures please go to its corresponding section.
How it’s done
The implant procedure entails surgically inserting a titanium fixture into the jawbone, acting as a prosthetic tooth root. Once the surrounding bone has healed tightly around the implant, an artificial tooth that flawlessly resembles a natural one is connected to it. The only drawback to this procedure is that it is a bit lengthy due to the necessary time required for the gums to heal and for the bone to attach to the implant. However, this is all made worthwhile in the end, as you are left with a highly durable permanent tooth that feels and looks perfectly natural!