What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
If you have lost a tooth previously and been living with a gap in your smile, you are probably becoming frustrated with the effects that it has and the way that it makes you feel about your teeth. If you don’t currently have a missing tooth, but are scheduled for an extraction because you have a tooth that is beyond saving, you are undoubtedly already considering what your options are for replacing it.
Dental implants are currently deemed to be the most successful and superior tooth loss solution currently available. With a unique design that sees the tooth root replaced with a titanium alternative, and custom-designed crowns that sit perfectly in the space left, dental implants have revolutionized the way in which we can think about restoring our smile. But, what makes them so great and how are they better than tried-and-tested solutions?
Some of the key benefits of dental implants cited by both implant providers and patients who have successfully received them include the following:
Improved appearance of their smile
Undoubtedly one of the most important things to patients is how their smile looks. Fortunately, dental implants are considered to be the solution that offers the most naturally aesthetic alternative to regular teeth. In fact, they are so lifelike that most people don’t even realize that the patient has artificial teeth. There are several reasons why dental implants are superior in this way. These include the fact that they are custom-designed specifically for your mouth, and that they are created from materials that are available in multiple, tooth-colored shades. This enables the prosthetic tooth to closely match those around it.
Restored function of the teeth
Many people underestimate the effect that a missing tooth can have on the way that their mouth functions. Biting, chewing and even speaking can all be more difficult depending on where the missing tooth is. By replacing it with a strong prosthetic, your dentist can restore the function of your teeth again so that you don’t have to make any compromises.
Strength and stability
Since dental implants are anchored into your jaw bone, they are much more secure than other types of prosthetic teeth. Patients can eat, laugh and even sneeze without worrying that their implant is going to come loose. Better still, patients can eat whatever foods they desire, including things that are chewy or sticky – something which is generally not recommended to those wearers of bridges or dentures as their method of attachment to the mouth is less secure.
Improved oral health
Dental implants sit in the place of your prior tooth with no need for external fixings. This makes it much easier to clean them. In fact, you can just brush and floss your teeth as you would do normally. With no fixtures and fittings to worry about, you can do a really thorough job of cleaning them, enabling you to enjoy better oral health.
Unlike other solutions, dental implants are permanent. This means they don’t need to be taken out for cleaning, eating or maintenance. You don’t have to worry about how they look and feel to other people around you, and you don’t have to make compromises on what you do, how you speak, what you eat and more. You have full control of your mouth again, just as if they were natural teeth.
Other tooth loss solutions are known for being uncomfortable. Dentures can rub against the soft tissue of the gum and the inside of the mouth, while dental bridges place pressure on teeth either side of the artificial tooth and contain metalwork that can catch on the skin and/or tongue. Since dental implants become a part of you, this eliminates any discomfort. In fact, after getting used to the initial feeling, most patients state that they forget they have a prosthetic tooth at all.
Successful and long-lasting
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any surgically-implanted device. They are also considered to be the most long-lasting, with studies showing that with proper care and attention from the patient and regular visits to a good dentist, implants could last several decades or more.
If you would like to know more about dental implants and their benefits, we would be happy to discuss these with you. Please contact our offices to schedule a chat with one of our experienced dental team members.