Missing teeth are more than just embarrassing—they can also make it hard to speak clearly and eat the foods you love. In the past, the only solutions to missing teeth were dentures, bridges, and crowns, which can be challenging to maintain and only provide short-term results. But thanks to advances in dental technology, dental implants are a strong, comfortable alternative that not only look and function like natural teeth, but can also last a lifetime.
If you’re missing teeth, take a look below at some of the reasons dental implants might be the best option for tooth replacement for you:
Dental implants are permanent
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are designed to replace natural teeth. And while the implant procedure does involve surgery and takes more time than most dental procedures, the results are more than worth it. Dental implants provide stable, low-maintenance tooth replacement that can last a lifetime.
Most patients are good candidates for implants
In general, if you’re healthy enough for regular dental work, you’re healthy enough for implants. However, in a few cases, certain pre-existing conditions and health risks might conflict with dental implants:
- Gum disease (must be treated separately before implantation)
- Immune disorders, diabetes, heart disease, or recent radiation therapy to the head/neck area
- Bone deterioration (might need bone grafts before implantation is possible)
- Smoking (can limit the success of your implants)
If any of the above apply to you, be sure to mention it to your dentist during your consultation.
Dental implant posts support bone tissue
You might not realize it, but your jawbone needs your teeth to maintain bone density and shape. When you lose a permanent tooth, the bone tissue surrounding the absence starts to deteriorate. If more than one tooth is missing, a deteriorated jawbone can make you look years older—and put you at greater risk for gum disease. When the titanium posts of dental implants are inserted under the gum line, the surrounding bone will gradually fuse to it, keeping the tissue healthy and flourishing for years of great smiles.
Full smiles boost confidence
The porcelain or ceramic crowns that are attached to the titanium posts are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. In addition to allowing you to eat your favorite foods and speak clearly, a strong, full set of teeth gives you a beautiful, bright smile that will boost your confidence in everyday situations (as well as in selfies and other photo opportunities).
Dental implants can replace other dental work
If you already have bridges and crowns in place, dental implants might be able to improve or replace existing dental work. Not only will your smile have a better appearance, but it will also be easier to maintain. Implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, unlike bridges and crowns, which often have hard-to-reach gaps that are vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria.
Implantation is almost always successful
The success rate for implant integration with the bone is about 97%, although people who have already experienced bone loss in their jaw will likely need bone grafts. The longer a tooth is missing, the faster the jawbone will degrade, but that’s no reason to lose hope—there are several different options for the grafting procedure, depending on the patient and their situation.
Are dental implants right for you?
At Dental Implant Experts, there’s nothing we love more than witnessing the joy on a patient’s face when they see their new, full smile in the mirror for the first time. Ask any one of our dental implant patients, and they’ll tell you: Dental implants change lives.
If you’re wondering if dental implants are right for you or you want to learn more about how they can improve your smile and benefit your life, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.