Why You Should Consider Dental Implants When Replacing Front Teeth
Missing front teeth can affect your appearance, self-confidence, speech, and ability to bite. Studies show that lost teeth even contribute to anxiety and depression. If you’re missing teeth in the front of your mouth, replacing them is important for your dental, mental, and overall health.
At Kleinheinz Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz and Katrina Ashlin prefer to replace front teeth with dental implant-supported restorations as opposed to traditional dental bridges. Restorations supported by dental implants offer various benefits over traditional restorations for patients who are missing their front teeth.
Dental Implant Restorations vs. Traditional Dental Bridges for Replacing Teeth
Replacing front teeth with either traditional bridges or implant-supported crowns or bridges has many benefits, including:
- Restoring occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together)
- Restoring the ability to properly chew and bite
- Restoring clear speech
- Preventing teeth from shifting out of alignment
- Boosting your confidence when you smile
When replacing front teeth, patients can choose from implant-supported restorations such as crowns and bridges and traditional dental bridges. These two types of prosthetics have significant differences.
When you lose a tooth, the jawbone in the area begins to recede. While traditional bridges do not protect against jawbone atrophy, dental implant restorations are the only treatment that can prevent jawbone recession.
Preserving Tooth Structure
In order to place a traditional dental bridge, our dentists will need to reshape the adjacent teeth in order to accommodate dental crowns. Meanwhile, implant-supported crowns and bridges are held in place by dental implants, so reshaping of the adjacent teeth is not required. You can keep healthy surrounding teeth intact.
While most patients qualify for traditional dental bridges, not all patients qualify for dental implant restorations. In order to qualify for dental implants, you should have:
- No gum disease: If you have gum disease, periodontal treatment could improve your candidacy for the dental implant procedure.
- Good jawbone density: If you have jawbone atrophy, bone grafting can restore your candidacy for dental implants.
- Good general health: Placing a dental implant requires that you undergo oral surgery. Certain health conditions or medications could interfere with your ability to heal after implant surgery.
During your consultation at Kleinheinz Dentistry, we can review your health history and examine your smile to determine if you are a good candidate for implants.
One obstacle that keeps people from pursuing implants, even if they determine that implants are the best solution for front teeth replacement, is price. Because dental implants are typically not covered by insurance, treatment with dental implants will likely cost more than treatment with a traditional restoration. However, when you consider the benefits of implants, they seem like a worthwhile investment, especially when you need to replace highly visible teeth like your front teeth. To make dental implants more affordable, Kleinheinz Dentistry offers in-house financing options and accepts payments through third-party lenders such as LendingClub® and CareCredit®.
Replace Front Teeth with Implants Today
Thinking about replacing front teeth with dental implants? Drs. Kleinheinz and Ashlin can evaluate your oral health, cosmetic concerns, and candidacy for dental implants when you come to our Charlotte, NC, dental office for a consultation. Call us today at (704) 542-6003 or message us online to reserve your appointment.