Teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t. Missing teeth are often the result of injury or inadequate dental care. Whatever the reason for missing teeth, replacing them is important to your general health and the health of your other teeth. Here are just some of the many benefits of choosing dental implants over other replacement options:
Dental implants are built to last
Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. They look, feel, fit, and function the same. And while other replacement treatments such as bridges only last 7-10 years or so, dental implants can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly.
Dental implants maintain bone structure
You might not realize how crucial teeth are to your face’s bone structure, but without them, the jawbone deteriorates and leads to “facial collapse”: sagged skin, sunken chin, and exaggerated lines around the mouth. Dental implants fuse to your bone, preventing bone loss and stimulating bone growth so your face will maintain its natural shape.
Dental implants protect your natural teeth
If left empty, the space left by a broken or diseased tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift over time. Dental implants fill that space and keep the rest of your teeth in place. And while bridges require grinding away healthy adjacent teeth for support, dental implants do not require any such modifications.
Dental implants promote overall oral health
Another downside to missing teeth is the increased risk of gum disease. Gaps between teeth are more likely to collect food and bacteria, resulting in inflammation and infection. If not treated, periodontal disease can lead to more serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, or diabetes.
Dental implants preserve confidence
If you’re missing teeth, you’re more likely to skip out on social events. Dentures only make the problem worse, because they affect speech and eating habits, and there’s always the chance they’ll slip or fall out. Because dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, they have no such adverse effects.
Dental implants are easy to clean and maintain
Dental implants work like regular teeth, so you can care for them like regular teeth as well with brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. There are no special bonding pastes or adhesives required, and no nightly soaking as with dentures.
Dental implants let you eat your favorite foods
Replacing teeth with dental implants means you can bite naturally and eat all your favorite foods. Dentures, on the other hand, severely limit the types of food you can eat. They also make it necessary to cut the foods you can eat into small pieces for easier chewing. Another downside to dentures: your palette has a greater role in your sense of taste than you might imagine, and covering it with a plastic denture roof means you can’t taste food properly. To retain (or regain) the pleasure of eating, dental implants are the way to go.
Bring back your smile with dental implants!
At Dental Implant Experts, restoring smiles is our top priority. If you have more questions about dental implants and how they can improve your smile and your life, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.