What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dentists prefer dental implants to replace missing teeth because they are the most like natural teeth. This similarity is what sets dental implants apart from other tooth replacements such as dental bridges and removable dentures.
One advantage of dental implants is that they don’t rely on the support of healthy adjacent teeth as bridges do. When we place the crowns that support your dental bridge, we have to alter the shape of those teeth. Since a dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement, there’s no need to involve healthy teeth.
Another reason that Dr. Elnahass recommends dental implants in Fredericksburg, VA is that they prevent bone loss in your jaw. As soon as you lose a tooth, the bone in that area of your jaw starts to shrink. Dentures and bridges don’t prevent bone loss because they are not rooted in the jaw.
A dental implant, however, is placed surgically in your jaw bone, and as it heals, it integrates with the bone and tissue around it. After several months of healing, the implant acts just like a natural tooth root to prevent bone loss.
If you’re considering dental implants, please call our Fredericksburg dental office. Dr. Elnahass is trained to place implants, so he can handle the entire procedure here at Blue Bird Dentistry.