Learn the Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into your jaw to act as replacement tooth roots. They are then topped by dental restorations such as crowns, bridges or dentures to form fully functional replacement teeth.
Dental Implants Function Much like Natural Teeth
Dental implants have a large number of benefits and advantages over all other forms of tooth replacement. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not require the grinding down of adjacent teeth. They also provide your jawbone with the biting and chewing stimulation needed to maintain the bone volume around your teeth, something which traditional bridges don't do.
There Are Many Benefits to Choosing Implants
The lifelong benefits of implant-supported replacement teeth (dental implants) below:
1. Dental implants are convenient and long-lasting
Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. Those costs can really add up over time. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
2. Get the look, feel and function of your natural teeth
Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges often requires a dentist to grind down teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth so that the bridge can be cemented onto them and into place. The natural tooth structure that is lost can never be replaced. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, which puts pressure on these teeth as the metal framework rocks back and forth during daily movements. These clasps also eat away at the remaining gum tissue, causing even more damage. Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, which means that your remaining teeth won't be damaged or compromised. Dental implants allow you to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
3. Oral hygiene isn't complicated by implants
Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
4. Implants prevent bone deterioration and loss
Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
5. Leave your natural teeth unaltered
Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth when implanted by an experienced implant dentist. Other options such as dentures or bridges can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.
Don't Let Tooth Loss Keep You from Smiling
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.