Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to restoring missing or damaged teeth. But why do so many dentists recommend implants to their patients?
If you’re not familiar with dental implants, read more about the technology here. Otherwise, here are five benefits of dental implants to consider.
1. They’re built for function and longevity
Dental implants look, feel and work just like natural teeth. And they’re a long-term solution. Implants provide a strong, stable tooth that may last a lifetime. Dental implants do need adjustments from time to time, but the same implant and porcelain crown may last you the rest of your life.
2. They give you peace of mind
Implants let you enjoy life without worrying about how your teeth look, sound or feel. Not only do implants improve the appearance of your smile if you’re missing teeth, but unlike dentures, they stay in place. You don’t have to worry about your teeth falling out when you eat, laugh, kiss, yawn, cough or just carry on a conversation. Plus, you can eat the food you love without dentures slipping, sliding or coming out entirely.
3. They’re easy to clean
You clean dental implants just as you would a natural tooth — brush twice a day and floss at least once. You don’t have to purchase a special cleaning solution and stick your dentures in a cup to get them clean. And unlike bridges, you won’t have to spend time dislodging food particles that become trapped in your dental work.
4. They protect your bone structure and teeth
If you’re missing teeth, your face can sag and appear sunken. Dental implants help retain your face’s natural shape. Plus, without one or more teeth to support, your jawbone can deteriorate over time. Dental implants help to preserve and stimulate natural bone, which prevents bone loss.
Dental implants protect your teeth, too. Tooth-supported bridges require preparing the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth. Implants are placed in your jawbone right where your natural tooth’s root was located. There’s no impact to your surrounding healthy teeth. And by filling empty spaces, you can prevent your teeth from shifting like they would over time.
5. They have a long history of success
Implants have been in use for decades and have been proven to be as predictable and reliable as other restoration methods. People have been getting implants since the 1960s, and time has proven they may be better options than bridgework, dentures or partials or retreatment of root canal therapies. Check with us to see if you are a candidate.