When you choose to replace a tooth or multiple teeth with dental implants, you are making an investment in the long-term functionality of your smile. We understand you want to make sure that this treatment option is right for you. With many tooth replacement options to consider, most patients find that the benefits of dental implants will long surpass the initial cost of treatment. Because dental implants are the only permanent option for tooth replacement, you should be able to enjoy your dental implant for a lifetime if you practice proper at-home oral hygiene and schedule regular dental health check-ups with your local dentist. There simply isn’t another tooth replacement option that gifts you with the benefits that dental implants provide. Below, we’ve listed some of the main benefits that our patients have expressed to us that they enjoy the most about dental implants.
Bone Loss Prevention
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that involves replacing the tooth roots. During the surgical portion of the dental implant procedure, a titanium post is inserted beneath the gum line. After a few months to allow for proper healing, this post will fuse together with your jaw bone. The post mimics the structure of your tooth roots, which provides your dental restoration with added support. Additionally, this post maintains the strength of your jawbone which is great for your long-term dental health. Patients who do not replace a missing tooth with a dental implant are more likely to suffer from bone loss in the area surrounding a missing tooth. This bone loss can lead to facial sagging over time, which can make you look more aged.
No Dietary Restrictions
Perhaps one of our patients’ most enjoyed benefits of dental implants is the lack of dietary restrictions. With other restorative options, we must recommend avoiding overly crunchy or chewy foods to maintain the restored tooth. This is because other options, like dental bridges, include external hardware that may be damaged by certain foods. With dental implants, all of the hardware from your dental restoration will be protected by your own soft tissues. This means that you don’t have to worry about damaging your dental implant when you are chewing.
Care for them like a natural tooth
Patients who choose other dental restoration options like dental bridges often struggle to adapt to the new oral hygiene precautions that they must take. Bridge hardware must be brushed and flossed around rigorously to avoid any food residue being caught within the dental bridge. Dental implants, on the other hand, can be cared for just as you would care for a natural tooth. Basic brushing and flossing as well as scheduling regular dental health check-ups will be all that is needed to ensure the longevity of a dental implant.
Appearance & Comfort
Feeling confident with your own smile is important. With a dental implant, no one will be able to tell that you were once missing a tooth. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. Topped with a dental crown that is designed specifically for you, your dental implant will blend in with your surrounding teeth once fully healed. You can rest assured that when you are laughing, smiling, or speaking, your dental implant will provide you with the improved aesthetics and comfort that you were looking for in a dental restoration.