If you ask any dental professional about the best way to replace lost teeth, they will likely point you toward dental implants. Implants are strong, long-lasting, and highly functional. But what if you still have your natural teeth and are thinking about swapping them out for high-quality prosthetics? Is it possible to replace healthy teeth with dental implants? This blog post offers some important information.
Why Do People Want to Replace Their Natural Teeth?
There are a few possible reasons why patients might be interested in replacing their existing teeth:
- They are genetically predisposed to certain dental problems. They want to replace their teeth before any serious, painful issues arise.
- Their natural teeth are weak or damaged. Unhealthy natural teeth can cause serious discomfort and undermine a person’s confidence in their smile.
- A dentist has recommended that a person replace their existing teeth with dental implants.
It Is Better To Keep Your Natural Teeth
At a glance, the above-mentioned reasons for replacing natural teeth with dental implants may seem reasonable. However, if it is possible for you to keep your natural teeth, that is probably the better option. Here are a few reasons why:
- You may be able to prevent dental problems. Even if you have a family history of severe oral health problems, you may be able to manage your oral health and keep your teeth in great shape for decades to come. A general dentist can provide valuable guidance on how to accomplish that.
- It may be possible to repair your teeth. If your natural teeth are not in good shape, it might be possible to repair them. Treatments like root canal therapy, crowns, and dental bonding can be very effective and long-lasting.
- Dentists can make mistakes. Generally speaking, dentists are very good at what they do, and they strive to be honest. However, there are rare occasions when they make mistakes or they recommend a treatment simply because it would be easier or more profitable. If you have any doubts about what your dentist is telling you, it is fine to seek a second opinion.
- Dental implants are not as good as natural teeth. Dental implants are amazing, but they still fall short of natural teeth in a number of ways.
When Is It a Good Idea to Extract and Replace Your Natural Teeth?
Of course, there are some instances where a patient should get their natural teeth removed so they can receive dental implants. That is the case when the teeth are damaged beyond repair or if gum disease has made it impossible for your mouth to adequately support your teeth. After the gum disease is under control, implants can provide an excellent way to rebuild lost dentition.
Do not be too eager to replace your natural teeth. Carefully consider all of your options so you can make the best decision for your smile.
Meet the Practice
Piney Point Dental Implant Center is home to three talented oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Our practice offers top-quality dental implant services. If you are curious about whether you should replace your teeth, we would be happy to consult with you. Contact our team at 713-597-7340.