If you are missing one or more teeth then the team of dentists at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow may suggest dental implants as a means of replacement. But why should you consider dental implants, and why are they so good?
Dental Implants are better for Your Oral Health.
Natural teeth help to keep the surrounding bone strong and healthy, as the forces produced during eating are transmitted down the root into the bone. This prompts the bone to continue producing new cells. When a tooth is extracted this stimulation is lost, and the bone will no longer be prompted to maintain its growth and turnover. The bone in the jaw will gradually resorb, and the bony ridge that once held the teeth will become flatter and shallower. This can make it difficult to retain a denture, or could mean that teeth adjacent to the gap will become less stable.
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After the necessary examination and assessment, your dentist in Glasgow (Philip Friel can also look after dental implant patients in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic) may suggest dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth to improve the function and stability of the dentition.
Dental implants function in a way that is very similar to a natural tooth root, and this is why they are often considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth. They will help prevent the jawbone from being resorbed heloing to maintain the support for the facial soft tissue overlying.
The alternative methods of tooth replacement are to have a full or partial denture, or to have a bridge fitted by your dentist. A bridge is a popular method of replacing teeth, and it can produce very nice results, but one thing to bear in mind is that it does impact the teeth adjacent to the gap. A bridge consists of one or two crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are used to support the replacement tooth which is called a pontic. The pontic, or pontics, are attached to the crowns, providing a stable restoration. However the teeth that are crowned will need to be prepared or ground down, and once this healthy tooth structure is lost it can only ever be replaced artificially. In some cases, where these adjacent teeth are already filled or crowned, then the bridge option may be more suitable as it will require less loss of healthy tooth tissue.
A partial denture is held in place with clasps that are fitted around the remaining teeth. These teeth may need to be modified to hold the clasps, and the clasps can place additional stresses on the teeth. In contrast dental implants placed by your dentist will not require any preparation or stress on the adjacent teeth.
If you would like more information about dental implants and their benefits please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.