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Should Healthy Teeth Ever Be Replaced with Dental Implants?

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — shannonstokesdds @ 1:27 pm
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If you’re acquainted with dental implants, you’re probably aware of their impressive capability to fully restore missing teeth. Once placed within the jawbone, they can completely rejuvenate the aesthetics, sensation, and functionality of a smile, offering exceptional and unmatched benefits. However, the question arises: is it ever advisable to replace healthy teeth with dental implants, or should one aim to preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible? Keep reading to learn more.

Why Your Natural Teeth Are Best for Your Smile

While dental implants are commonly considered an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, they inherently yield to the superiority of your natural, healthy teeth. Natural teeth are unparalleled in their effectiveness for biting and chewing, thanks to their inherent strength and seamless integration with your other oral components.

The American Academy of Periodontology strongly advises against the extraction of healthy teeth in favor of dental implants. Additionally, tooth extraction carries potential risks, such as the formation of dry sockets and oral infections.

When Natural Teeth Should Be Removed

However, there are circumstances in which the removal of natural teeth becomes necessary, influenced by a range of contributing factors. These factors may include tooth loss as a result of trauma, significant bone loss resulting in tooth mobility, irreparable fractures, or persistent, challenging gum disease.

It’s important to highlight that dentists prioritize the preservation of healthy teeth whenever possible. If extraction becomes necessary, your dentist will engage in a comprehensive discussion of available tooth replacement options, including dental implants for eligible patients, to ensure you make an informed decision.

Why Repairing Teeth Is Preferable

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining the health of your natural teeth is essential because caring for your original teeth is undoubtedly more straightforward than managing replacement teeth. Damaged teeth can often be effectively treated with readily available and cost-effective solutions, such as crowns, fillings, or even root canal therapy.

Furthermore, it’s important to recognize that various dental restorations require different levels of specialized care. For instance, dentures, bridges, and, to a certain extent, implants, necessitate specific maintenance routines and considerations.

Properly caring for these dental prosthetics involves cleaning, regular adjustments, and potential replacements over time, which can add to the overall cost and maintenance of your oral health. Therefore, whenever possible, preserving your natural teeth is often the preferred choice, as it can lead to a more straightforward and potentially more cost-effective long-term oral health strategy.

When Dental Implants Are Necessary

Dental implants are typically recommended for patients with missing teeth or specific oral health issues requiring tooth replacement. However, their suitability depends on factors like adequate jawbone density and overall oral health, assessed by your dentist during an initial consultation.

In summary, dental implants are not a one-size-fits-all solution and aren’t meant to replace healthy teeth. However, if you have issues with damaged or missing teeth, it’s crucial to contact your dentist promptly to explore the possibility of dental implants.

About the Practice

Dr. Shannon Stokes and his Plano team provide a wide range of dental services for patients of all ages, including restorative, cosmetic, and general dental care to keep your smile healthy. If you have multiple or all of your teeth missing, they can offer detailed information about dental implants, helping you assess if they’re the right choice for you. They can also provide guidance on maintaining your implants. To schedule a consultation or to learn more about dental implants, contact Dr. Stokes’ office at (972) 596-0200 or visit his website.

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Meet the Dentist Shannon Stokes, D.D.S.

In 1996, Dr. Shannon Stokes earned his D.D.S. from the Baylor College of Dentistry, hailed as one of the country's best dental school. Since then, he has completed a variety of post-graduate courses in different dental fields, and he has experience in a range of areas, from cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry to surgical care and root canal therapy.

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