Dental Implants were invented over 50 years ago when scientists discovered that human bone would adhere and attach to titanium screws implanted in the jaw. Dental Implant technology has evolved significantly since that time, and now Dental Implants are considered the treatment of choice for people who have lost one or several teeth due to periodontal disease, accident or decay. Most importantly, Dental Implants look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
Did you know: Nearly 50% of the population of the United State is missing at least one tooth?
What if I'm Missing Multiple Teeth?
Dental implants are also an excellent option for patients missing multiple teeth and provide even more benefits in this situation.
Similar to legacy single-tooth replacement methods, fixed bridges have often been used to replace missing teeth in the past. As noted above, fixed bridges require the support and coincided compromise of adjacent, healthy teeth. Additionally, they do not address the issue of the missing root and do not aid in preventing bone deterioration and loss. Plus, most bridges only last 5–7 years, while dental implants can last a lifetime.
Another traditional approach to treating multiple missing teeth is the usage of partial dentures. These are appliances made of metal and plastic that clip to adjacent health teeth to fill the gaps of multiple missing teeth. These appliances are considered to be much more cosmetic than truly functional teeth, and they come with a significant set of drawbacks:
Partial dentures are typically somewhat unstable, causing patients to be extremely self-conscious about them at all times.
Partial dentures can have a significant impact on the function of your teeth—potentially impacting your diet, your self-esteem and even your speech.
Similar to bridges, partial dentures do not address the issue of bone deterioration.
The Better Solution
Dental Implants provide a solid, life-long solution to your missing teeth without the drawbacks of tooth-supported bridges or partial dentures. They will not slip, fall out, or impact your surrounding healthy teeth. Dental Implants look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. Take back your confidence today, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Mike Regan, your Milwaukie, OR dental implant dentist.