There are three methods of replacing a single missing tooth: dental implant supported crowns, conventional tooth supported bridgework, and partial dentures. While bridges and partial dentures can suit some patients, particularly in the short to medium term, each involves a compromise in function and aesthetics. In the majority of cases the best long-term tooth replacement option is a dental implant.
Dental implants differ from other methods of tooth replacement because they mimic the natural tooth root. This confers a significant biological advantage over other tooth replacement options: the implant stimulates the surrounding bone, helping to preserve bone height and density.
Dental implants also have significant functional benefits, closely replicating the performance of the natural tooth. After implant treatment, patients consistently report that the power and efficiency of chewing has noticeably improved.
Being stand-alone restorations, dental implants do not rely on the surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a tooth supported bridge, which may need to be completely replaced if the supporting teeth become compromised, implants are a self-supporting tooth replacement. They are easier to floss and maintain than tooth supported bridgework, and there is no chance that decay can occur in your dental implant.
Sydney dentist Dr Hugh Fleming recommends dental implants as the highest quality and most durable long-term tooth replacement option in the vast majority of cases, because they offer the most functional, biological and aesthetic outcomes of all tooth replacement options.
* “Any Surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner”.
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