Regardless of whether the tooth or teeth are lost due to injury, decay, or some kind of developmental abnormality, most dentists and periodontists will advise against replacing a teenager’s missing tooth with a dental implant.
Although implants have an extremely high success rate and are now considered the preferred tooth replacement solution for adults, it’s too risky to perform the procedure on teenagers since there’s no dependable biologic marker to establish when they have finished growing.
Replacing a single missing tooth can be most authentically accomplished with a single dental implant. The post of the implant mimics the root of your tooth while the dental crown looks and functions just like your natural tooth, requiring no additional maintenance.Learn More About Denture Options
It is estimated that 69 percent of people between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one adult tooth. Missing teeth can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life as well as on your appearance. Dental implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dentures can be uncomfortable and difficult to eat and speak with, and dental bridges require healthy teeth to be ground down to support the bridge. Dental implants are much more like your natural teeth. They are permanently placed in your mouth and help you keep the rest of your teeth in proper position. Dr. Dennis Prat provides dental implant tooth replacement for Oakland, CA patients.
Unlike dentures and dental bridges, teeth implants replace the root as well as the crown portion of the tooth. The jaw bone naturally wears away when it does not receive the stimulation provided by the root of the tooth. Because teeth implants are affixed to the jaw bone, they can keep the bone from receding.
While dentures can be difficult to eat or speak with, teeth implants are permanently in place. Like your natural teeth, they are fully functional and require no additional maintenance. Dentures often need to be adjusted or replaced every five to seven years, but teeth implants do not typically need to be replaced with proper hygiene and maintenance. Dental bridges place extra strain on the surrounding teeth and require replacement every seven to ten years or so.
Teeth implants prevent your jaw bone from deteriorating and improve the function and appearance of your smile. Contact Dr. Prat today to discuss tooth replacement in Oakland, CA.