Did you know that your smile is constantly changing, even if you do everything you can to preserve it? Your teeth move and shift according to the space in your jaw, which can change as you get older and gain or lose tissue. That means when you lose a tooth, the teeth around it begin to shift to take advantage of the space immediately.

They do move slowly, it’s true, but the longer you wait to do something about the loss, the more your teeth will move to take up the empty spot. Wait too long and you could develop gaps between your other teeth as they move into the space. That could also make it hard to fit a replacement tooth into the gap.

Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Best?

Right now, a periodontist is most likely to recommend dental implants unless there is a good reason to go with another option. Dentures and bridge work can provide patients with a lot of function and even aesthetics, but they need periodic replacement and they don’t help preserve jaw and gum tissue. Implants do both when they are placed properly, so patients who qualify for placement are told it is the option that presents the best quality of life and the lowest chance of needing replacement.

Other Benefits of Implants

The strength and permanence of implants lead to a few other benefits patients notice in their day-to-day lives.

  • No dietary changes necessary
  • Preserve your natural smile
  • Stimulate the jaw for natural feedback
  • Less impact on speech
  • Care for them like natural teeth

The replacements offered by implants look great because they are made from high-quality porcelain that starts with a brilliant appearance and keeps looking great with the right care. For more information about dental implants, contact our office today for a consultation appointment. Learn more about what they can do for you and how you can care for them to get the most out of your new smile.