Benefits of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a high-tech replacement tooth fashioned after the full tooth structure. A titanium “root” is securely positioned into the bone and is used for supporting a bridge, denture or crown. It has the appearance, function and overall experience a real tooth and can last a lifetime when given the right care.
Dental implant technology is now the most advanced solution for tooth loss and offers several advantages over other treatments. And, using modern techniques in dentistry, it now works for almost everyone, including patients who were once told otherwise – thanks to advances in diagnostics and bone reconstruction.
So what in particular do dental implants offer that other parallel solutions do not?
Function Like Real Teeth
Among the most important advantages of implants is that they are capable of full chewing power. Telling them apart from your natural teeth can be difficult. Eating, brushing and flossing can all be done as usual.
Last a Lifetime
As we have mentioned, while the lifespan of a dental bridge can only be a decade or so, dental implants’ is a lifetime. The material used to make implants is titanium, and it integrates pretty well with the jawbone. It’s bio-compatible, meaning the body will accept it because it is non-toxic.
Prevent Gum Disease and Bone Loss Prevention
When a tooth is missing, the space can become a trap for food and, hence, bacteria, leading to gum disease. This can be prevented by dental implants, which are structurally the same as natural teeth. When the jaw bone is not stimulated enough, as when there are tooth roots are missing, bone loss results. Again, implants solve this issue. In comparison, dentures usually come loose and then rub against the bony ridge, wearing it away over time. Since an implant comes with an artificial root and tooth, and chewing ability is fully restored, the needed stimulation can be provided for natural bone growth.
Maintain Stability of Adjacent Teeth
The space from a missing tooth can make adjacent teeth shift irregularly into the gap. The effect of this is not only on your appearance but also in your bite and chewing ability. It can make tooth replacement a challenge later on. A poor bite can come with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues in time, causing pain and headaches.
Keep Face from Sagging
One undesirable effect of bone loss that occurs because of missing teeth is facial sagging. This is when the distance between tip of the nose and the chin is diminished as the lower third of the face flops. Wrinkles appear around the mouth, lips become thinner and the chin more pointed, making one look way older than their actual age.
If you’re considering dental implants, however, you have to remember that the final success of the procedure has a lot to do with who performed it. So make sure you choose your dentist well.