Dental implant treatment is not only standard of care, but it is also considered the preferred method of tooth replacement. The critical factors that make dental implant treatment superior to other tooth replacement options are outlined below.
Dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots, preserving the bone that would naturally resorb, or deteriorate when teeth are lost or removed, and providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth. No other treatment option preserves bone.
When teeth are replaced with bridges, the adjacent natural teeth are cut down, leaving them susceptible to future problems. Dental implants leave adjacent teeth intact and studies demonstrate that they protect the natural teeth.
Dental implant treatment is the option with the highest documented success – over 95% for 40+ years! By contrast,tooth-supported bridges have an average lifespan of just 10.1 years according to the American Dental Association.
Dental implant treatment has the best long-term prognosis, making this the most cost effective tooth replacement option. When teeth are replaced with bridges, there is additional dentistry needed in the future, which can be very costly.