Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is the best way to prevent teeth shifting or further oral health problems. If you are considering dentures or a dental bridge, it is important to note that these restorations usually require replacement every 7-10 years.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime if cared for with proper oral hygiene. They also provide the benefit of replacing the tooth root in addition to the tooth, keeping the gums and jawbone strong. Implant-supported dentures and dental bridges are now also available as restoration options for multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants have a success rate around 95%, making them one of the most effective tooth replacement options available. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, “After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice.“
If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, consider a visit with cosmetic dentist Dr. Dennis Wells in Tennessee for an initial consultation about dental implants. An investment in dental implants is an investment in a lifetime of benefits.