Missing teeth can result in difficulty in chewing, biting, and speaking efficiency, and can change the look of a patient's smile. Additionally, if left untreated, the surrounding teeth can shift and result in gaps throughout the dental arch. This can be detrimental to an individual's appearance, and can be costly to address after the damage is done. When teeth are missing, it is important that patients address the issue as soon as possible to avoid a complete disruption to their beautiful smile and costly procedures and treatments to reverse the damage.
When natural teeth are missing from patients' smiles, they have a few different options for replacing their teeth. Some patients may consider partial dentures, which snap into place and provide a false tooth in the place where the natural one once was. This is a good solution for those who want a temporary or removable restoration. Others may consider the benefits of a dental bridge, which is held in place by the surrounding teeth and is a more permanent option. However, for patients who want the longest-lasting restoration that doesn't require special care or attention, they may want to consider the benefits of a dental implant. Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing natural teeth. Made of biocompatible cylinders, the dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone for strength and stability. They are completed by placing a dental crown over them, which is made to match the existing teeth to look natural and beautiful.
Dental implants are restorations that are made to last a lifetime. They have a very high success rate when implanted properly, and have the strength and durability of a natural tooth. Though they are one of the more expensive options, the value truly comes into play with their long lifespan. This makes them one of the best restorations in cosmetic dentistry for replacing missing teeth. Patients will find that these permanent restorations require no special treatment, just daily oral care, and attendance to recall appointments twice a year for an examination from Dr. Hatcher.