Modern day dental implants solve the many problems created by tooth loss and look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. To a far greater extent than other tooth replacement options, like bridges and traditional dentures, dental implants truly mimic natural teeth to the point you may soon forget you even have implants.
It's always better to retain your natural teeth if at all possible, even if a root canal surgery is necessary, but post-tooth loss, dental implants are easily the tooth restoration method most friendly to your ongoing oral health.
We covered the advantages of dental implants over other tooth loss restoration methods in two previous blog posts. But in this article, we want to cover the three main "placement arrangements" used when dental implants are installed. Which one you use will depend on how many teeth you are missing, where those teeth are located in relation to one another, and other factors like how strong and healthy your gums and jawbone are.
In an earlier post, we mentioned 5 top advantages of getting dental implants; but in reality, there are other benefits that go beyond these five. Dental implants are generally superior to removable dentures, bridges, and other tooth restoration options. They give you the look, feel, function, and comfort of natural teeth and avoid many of the problems of the alternatives.
Around 70% of American adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth, and some 25% of those age 74 and above are missing all of their natural teeth. Given the impacts on chewing, digestion, oral health, gum and jawbone health, pronunciation, and the aesthetics of your smile that tooth loss can have, it's no surprise that millions of Americans are resorting to dental implants as the solution to the problem of tooth loss.