Dental Implants Birmingham, AL
Replacing A Single Tooth With An Implant
There are many advantages of choosing dental implants to replace a single tooth compared to dental bridges. It is important to replace a lost tooth otherwise you risk destabilizing the teeth adjacent or opposite. A dental implant is the only choice for replacing single teeth while having a positive effect on the remaining natural teeth.
An alternative is choosing a bridge to replace your missing teeth which is supported by crowns on the adjacent teeth, and then attached to the replacement tooth. To create enough room for the crowns, these teeth have to be ground down which can mean the removal of perfectly healthy tooth structure. The teeth that have been ground down will need to be crowned for as long as they last. The bridge alternative may be a good option if you would like to avoid dental implants and if the teeth would benefit from being crowned because they are damaged or decayed.
It is best to have the dental implant procedure soon after the natural tooth has been extracted before bone loss occurs. The tooth can be restored without the need to cut down perfectly healthy teeth for a bridge and implant placement will prevent any bone loss. Maintenance on dental implants is easy; you brush and floss them just like natural teeth. And they look amazing!
Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
Multiple teeth being replaced with dental implants can be surprisingly affordable, as large bridges can be supported by relatively few dental implants. If all the missing teeth are located in the same area of the mouth, you will not have to replace each tooth with an individual dental implant.