The Long-Term Advantages of Dental Implants
Posted by Bencaz Family Dentistry Mar 09, 2017
Dental implants have revolutionized modern dentistry. They can replace missing teeth in a way that feels, functions and looks just like natural teeth. While dental implants require a greater upfront investment, the long-term benefits far outweigh the cost.
A dental implant involves the surgical placement of a titanium post or screw, which goes into the jawbone to act as your artificial tooth root. Over time, the biocompatible implant fuses to the surrounding bone in a natural process called osseointegration. Once the implant is healed and firmly anchored into the jawbone, a permanent dental restoration is placed on top. Depending on your needs, this may be a dental crown, a bridge or a set of overdentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a full mouth of teeth. Compared to traditional dentures, dental implants offer unrivaled advantages, including the following:
- Better Confidence: Since dental implants are strongly secured into the jawbone, you won’t have to worry with your prosthetic teeth slipping or popping out of place when you eat, speak or laugh. This is a highly valued advantage of choosing dental implants or implant-retained dentures.
- Low Maintenance: There’s no need to worry with messy adhesive creams or special cleaning products. You can care for your dental implants just like your natural teeth. You also won’t need to come in for frequent adjustments, which is often the case with traditional dentures.
- Dietary Freedom: Go ahead and enjoy the foods you love as well as the foods that are good for your body. Many denture wearers avoid fiber-rich fruits and veggies for fear of their teeth slipping out of place. Unfortunately, these hard-to-chew foods are necessary for optimal long-term health. A soft foods diet that is rich in carbohydrates can lead to obesity and diabetes. Dental implants can protect your overall health.
- More Youthful Look: Missing teeth can cause bone loss in your jaw, which can change your overall facial structure over time. The jawbone needs to be stimulated in order to avoid atrophy. Dental implants prevent bone loss because they provide necessary stimulation to your jawbone. Therefore, you can retain a more youthful facial contour instead of experiencing a hallowed or sunken lower face due to bone loss.
Bencaz Family Dentistry is proud to offer implants dentistry as a leading solution in restorative dentistry. If you would like to know if you are a candidate for dental implants, please give us call today.