There are different ways of replacing a lost tooth. However, if you are missing multiple teeth, it is best to replace them with dental implants. Here are the supporting reasons for this argument:
Implants Help to Preserve the Jawbone
Your jawbone needs constant feedback from your teeth in order to keep rejuvenating and repairing itself. The feedback comes from the pressure generated by the contact between your lower and upper teeth. When this pressure isn't there, the jawbone deteriorates fast and may even lose most of its mass. This pressure won't be there if you replace your teeth with something that isn't anchored in the jaws, and your jawbone may suffer. Getting implants ensures that this pressure, and hence feedback, will always be there and your jawbone won't deteriorate.
Implants Are Stable
As mentioned in the introduction, there are different ways of replacing multiple missing teeth. However, not all of them are as strong and as stable as dental implants. This is the only teeth replacement technique where a hard substance (the implant) is planted directly into the jawbone. After osseointegration (connection of the bone to the implant), the implant becomes almost as stable as your natural teeth.
Implants Preserve Adjacent Teeth and Gums
Orthodontic devices that involve the use of wires to hold teeth together aren't good for your gum line and adjacent teeth. The wires can bruise your gums and erode the adjacent teeth. Apart from soreness, this increases your susceptibility to teeth sensitivity. This isn't a problem with dental implants; the only metallic part of an implant is buried in the jawbone.
They Look And Feel Like Natural Teeth
Lastly, if you are like most people and care for dental aesthetics, then going the implant route is the right thing for you to do. This is because the actual implant (acting as your tooth root) will be buried deep in your jawbone; this is followed by an abutment (connection between the implant and artificial tooth. The artificial tooth, if fixed, will be designed and colored just like your natural teeth. In fact, it will be difficult for anyone else to know you have artificial teeth.
Therefore, think hard about getting dental implants for your multiple missing teeth instead of other teeth replacement options. Of course, you need to consult your dentist first to advise you on the suitability of the treatment for your course. The dentist will suggest an alternative if it turns out you aren't a good candidate for dental implants.