How Does a Dental Implant Compare to a Real Tooth?
Natural teeth are typically incredibly strong. However, teeth as well as their structure can weaken, over time, due to wear and tear, cavities, and gum disease. This can result in you having badly damaged teeth or even losing them. Implant restoration is a restorative dental procedure in which you get dental implants that look and function like your natural teeth. Dentists agree that implants are as strong as your natural teeth. If your teeth are damaged or missing, contact us, at Perrinville Family Dentistry, for more information on dental implants and other dental restorative procedures.
Dental Implant Materials
Natural teeth are built to last, but a sugary diet, bad oral care, and stress can damage them leading to decay and tooth loss. If you have decayed or missing teeth, a dental implant restoration procedure can help restore your smile as well as prevent further damage down the road.
An implant is composed of a post that functions as the tooth's root. It also has a connecting piece, called an abutment, and a dental crown. The post and the abutment are made of extremely durable material, like titanium and more recently zirconium.
Implant materials are also biocompatible, meaning they don’t rust, and they are unlikely to be rejected by your body. Dental crowns, unlike natural teeth, are not susceptible to decay. Once an implant has been embedded into your jawbone, the bone around it will over time heal and fuse with the post, making it as robust as your natural teeth.
Implants vs Bridges
If you’re considering whether you should get an implant or a bridge, one of your primary considerations should be the ease of maintenance. You should maintain great oral hygiene practices for both your dental bridges and implants to last.
However, it’s easier to clean implants. All you have to do is floss and brush as normal. Conversely, dental bridges can make flossing and general maintenance a bit more difficult. Consequently, bridges tend to need to be replaced after about five years.
When comparing the two dental restorative procedures, you should also consider durability. Dental implants are anchored securely in your jawbone, akin to your natural teeth, and thus can withstand pressure. Dental implants can, therefore, last a lifetime.
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are not securely embedded into your jawbone and thus tend to exert more pressure on your mouth. Also, they don’t stimulate the jawbone which can lead to it receding. If you lost a tooth years ago, we would assess your jawbone and advise on the restoration options available to you.
Aesthetics is also a key consideration for most patients who are considering a bridge vs tooth implant. Both bridges and implants are inconspicuous and can restore your natural smile.
Implants are, however, placed below your gums and are less noticeable. Conversely, bridges are placed on your gums and thus are more noticeable.
Choose the Right Dental Restoration Procedure
If you’re looking for a teeth replacement solution for your missing teeth, contact us at Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620. We will assess your condition and help you find the right dental restoration procedure.