No need to drill or remove any healthy tooth structure when replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, the teeth adjacent to the gap/ missing tooth need to be prepared/ drilled and healthy tooth structure is removed to accommodate a crown to fit over the top of the tooth. In future, if one of the supporting teeth is damaged, the entire bridge restoration will also be compromised, whereas with an implant, the restoration is independent of any of your other teeth. By replacing lost teeth with an implant, no support is required of the adjacent teeth, and your natural teeth do not need to be prepared or altered in any way.
If done correctly, a dental implant should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. Dentures can become loose and look unnatural if they do not blend with your gums, and some bridges and dentures have unsightly metal clasps to hold them in place. Dental implants provide a much better cosmetic and functional end result.
Reduced bone loss
Normally, the bone tissue surrounding the root of your tooth is maintained by your body’s natural renewal process. However, if tooth is removed, you will be left with a hole where your tooth root used to be and the bone around this area will slowly begin to resorb (atrophy) which may change the shape of your jaw. A dental implant placed in that area can actually stimulate bone growth thus preventing loss of valuable bone structure.
Bone loss is also a problem for people who have dentures, and as the shape of the jaw slowly changes, the dentures need to be adjusted or re-made to fit the new shape of the jaw. Bone loss can also make a person look older, since the area around the mouth can sag as bone is lost.
You can eat the food you want and speak with complete confidence with dental implants. With dentures, eating hard foods such as an apple can be a problem: either the dentures become loose or patients cannot withstand the hard biting forces as they cause pain in the gums. Irritation and inflammation of the gums is a common problem amongst denture patients. Dentures can be supported by implants or mini-implants, which will greatly improve function, enabling patients to eat the food they want with complete confidence and not having to worry about bone loss and loose dentures falling out.
Improved dental hygiene
Unlike bridges and dentures, which require special cleaning instructions and extra attention, dental implants just need regular brushing and dental hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth.