Dental implants are becoming the option of choice for dentists who need to replace missing teeth. When implants first came on the scene they were considered a luxury and the full implications of their use was not widely appreciated. As time marched on and more improvements were made to these dental prosthetics, their importance in restoring oral health became more obvious. So, what’s to love about dental implants?
Perhaps the most obvious advantage in having a dental implant is the esthetics. When only one tooth needs to be replaced, the implant goes in the space formerly occupied by the natural tooth and when the abutment and crown are put in place, the end product is a dental prosthetic that looks and feels like a natural tooth. This cannot be said of a dental bridge or a partial, though they may come close.
Your Bone Stays Healthy
You may not think much about your jawbone, and you have probably seen people with full dentures whose facial features look a little off. This could be due to the fact that when teeth are missing, the bone has a tendency to resorb. Over time the bone shrinks when there is no tooth root present to stimulate growth and keep it strong and healthy.
Dental implants keep the bone from shrinking and help maintain youthful facial features. Those who wear traditional dentures will need to have them relined or get new ones after a time. The space between the natural teeth with a dental bridge may also resorb causing a small space to form between the artificial teeth of the bridge and the gum since there is nothing to stimulate the bone in that area. This does not happen with dental implants.
Dentures Stay Put
One of the problems with traditional dentures is that they can come loose and be the source of great embarrassment. A good belly laugh becomes of moment of dreaded self-consciousness if your dentures fall out while your mouth is open. Eating certain foods can dislodge them. Adhesive pastes and powders are needed to hold them in and at the end of the day, the sticking power has faded away.
Dentures secured with dental implants are easier to maintain and they don’t pose the problems that traditional dentures do. You can eat with abandon, laugh with joy and if you happen to have a coughing fit, you won’t worry about your dentures coming out.
Dental Implants Are Long Lasting
Your dental implants are going to outlast other dental prosthetics. Not only do they provide good looks, they also provide the durability and longevity that can’t be matched with other devices.
Whether you are replacing one strategically missing tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth with an implant supported denture, your dental implants will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. You will have a beautiful smile of which you can be proud and since your implants will help you speak better and no doubt enhance your appearance, you can’t help but feel better about this investment.
For more information about dental implants contact Pearl Dentistry. We are here to help you achieve and maintain your best oral health. Call today to schedule your appointment.