July 22, 2022

Patients of Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants often wonder why we recommend implants for replacing lost teeth. Dental implants are a desirable tooth replacement option for many patients due to their multitude of benefits. Implants have the potential to last a lifetime and help prevent bone loss while helping patients achieve a fully functional smile.

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have become a standard for tooth replacement because they are the only replacement option that replaces the tooth root. The actual implant is a small titanium rod that is inserted directly into the jawbone, where it fuses with existing bone to build a strong, stable foundation. The titanium rod stimulates the jawbone as the patient bites and chews, keeping the bone healthier. Other tooth replacement options do not provide this same type of bone stimulation which can lead to eventual bone loss.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they function independently and do not rely on support from surrounding teeth, protecting tooth integrity. Implants hold replacement crowns or other dental prosthetics securely in place. In addition, dental implants have a high success rate and can last the rest of a patient’s lifetime with proper care. The implant should not need to be replaced and requires minimal follow-up care aside from regular cleanings and checkups as well as daily brushing and flossing.

Are Other Tooth Replacement Options Effective?

Not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants. Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall carefully review each patient’s medical and dental history along with current imaging to determine if dental implants are a viable option.

Dental implants may not be recommended if the patient has risk factors that might prevent successful osseointegration or fusion of the titanium rod with the jawbone. Traditional bridges and dentures do not have the same unique benefits as dental implants, but they remain tried and true methods of rebuilding a lost smile. Every patient is different and requires a customized treatment plan that fits their needs. This may or may not include dental implants, but patients can still achieve healthy, functional smiles.

Patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Felts or Dr. Randall at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants to learn more and find out whether dental implants are a good tooth replacement option for their oral health. Call the office today at (423) 756-2450.