More than 5 million dental implants are placed every year in America alone, making them a popular and effective tooth replacement option. In spite of a few drawbacks, dental implants offer a wide range of benefits—most of which aren’t offered by other tooth replacement options. The positives of dental implants far outweigh their negatives for many patients. Dental implants offer a number of unique benefits if you have lost one or more teeth.
1. Dental implants are versatile.
The number of teeth that can be replaced by bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures is limited. Therefore, depending on how many teeth you have lost, your treatment options may be limited. However, implants can be used in a wide variety of ways. In order to replace multiple teeth, they can be fitted with a bridge or partial denture, or they can be fitted with full dentures. This will enable you and your dentist to design the most appropriate treatment for you.
2. They’re more comfortable.
Implants are placed directly into the jawbone to simulate a tooth’s root, giving the prosthetic increased strength and stability. During the healing process, your jawbone actually grows around the titanium rod, holding it even more firmly in place. The added stability of implants allows them to feel exactly like natural teeth, so much so that you may forget that they are even there. Implants feel more secure and natural than other replacement options because they mimic the feeling of tooth roots.
Traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures offer a very different level of comfort. Your denture will remain firmly in place with implants, eliminating the discomfort associated with loose dentures and the need for messy denture adhesives. Dental implants offer a number of benefits that convince many people to choose them over dentures.
3. Implants make it easier to communicate.
Our teeth play an important role in helping us form certain sounds, so missing a few teeth at the front of your mouth can impact your speech. Similarly, loose dentures can cause you to slur or lisp when you speak. It can be embarrassing and distracting, as you constantly worry about whether your dentures will slip or how your voice will sound.
Both of these issues can be addressed by implants. When you have a gap between your teeth, implants provide a surface against which your tongue can press when you form words, making it much easier to speak. Additionally, implant-supported dentures are held in place by several deeply rooted implants, which prevents them from sliding around in your mouth. One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they enable you to speak easily and confidently.
4. You are able to eat the foods that you enjoy.
You likely know how much of a difference it can make in your ability to chew certain foods if you are missing a few molars. Implants are designed to fill that gap, making it easier for you to eat. Furthermore, since implants are firmly anchored into your jawbone, implant-supported dentures do not have the same food restrictions as traditional dentures. It is still possible to eat your favorite chewy or crunchy foods—even corn on the cob is still available! You will also never have to worry about your dentures slipping while you eat, which means you can eat whatever you desire in public without feeling embarrassed.
5. The implants look natural.
Modern materials and technology make dental implants look and feel just as real as they are. Your prosthetics are designed specifically for you, so your smile looks as good as it feels. Prosthetic teeth are made to blend perfectly with healthy natural teeth. With acrylic gums that match the color of your natural gums, even dentures look extremely realistic. Whether you place crowns, bridges, or dentures on your implants, no one will be able to tell which teeth are natural and which are not.
6. They can help to increase your confidence.
If you have a gap in your smile, you probably know how self-conscious it can make you feel. It’s easy to worry about what others think of the gap or how it affects your speech. Implants can give you a natural-looking and feeling smile, allowing you to speak and smile with confidence.You don’t have to worry about your teeth when you’re out having fun.
7. They improve your oral health.
While receiving a dental implant may seem invasive and intimidating, many dentists consider it a more conservative treatment for missing teeth. The reason for this is that implants do not negatively impact your remaining teeth. Implants are supported in the same way as natural teeth: by being anchored directly in the jaw. Conversely, bridges are supported by crowns placed on the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. Performing dental work on otherwise healthy teeth is not ideal, as it can weaken them. Maintaining your oral health for years to come is as simple as keeping your healthy teeth untouched.
8. They prevent bone loss.
Your tooth’s roots send signals to your jawbone that tell it to grow. When you lose a tooth, your body begins to reabsorb the bone where the root once was, which can cause your face to look caved in. During the healing process, the titanium rod that anchors your implant into your jawbone performs this vital function. As a result, it not only prevents bone loss, protecting the shape of your face, but it can also reverse some bone loss. The jawbone cannot be stimulated by other tooth replacement options.
9. Dental implants are low-maintenance.
Dental implants that are capped with crowns are very low-maintenance, requiring only a good oral hygiene routine to keep them in top condition. It means brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and using mouthwash at least once a day, as well as visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a regular preventative cleaning. Adding extra steps to your oral hygiene routine is not necessary. Keeping your gums healthy requires only one additional step with implants capped with bridges, while implants capped with dentures require the same amount of maintenance as traditional dentures.
10. They’re durable.
Implants are extremely durable. When you maintain proper oral hygiene, your implant will last you a lifetime, though wear and tear will require you to replace the crown every 15 years or so. Depending on how well you care for your bridge, your entire bridge may need to be replaced every five to 15 years. Dentures need to be replaced every five to eight years, and they need to be adjusted regularly due to bone loss in your jaw. As implants don’t require adjustments, they save you money in the long run. Implants are incredibly hassle-free once they’re in place.
Modern dentistry offers a wide range of great tooth replacement options for those who have lost one or more teeth. Dental implants, however, are one of the best treatments available if you’re a good candidate; they’re versatile, durable, and work to restore your teeth while protecting your short-and long-term oral health. Properly cared for, they become a permanent part of your smile, keeping it healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
In case you are in need of tooth replacement options or have questions regarding dental implants, please contact our dental implant office to schedule an appointment. It would be our pleasure to assist you in achieving a natural smile that will last a lifetime.