Top Eight Reasons to Get a Dental Implant
When it comes to functionality and appearance, state-of-the-art dental implants hold many benefits over more traditional methods of replacing missing teeth.
Implants are tooth root replacements that provide a firm base for removable or permanent artificial teeth. They can be used instead of dentures and bridges, or as a support for a dental plate, and they look and feel like your own teeth.
Implants are a highly-effective solution whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over 35 million people in the US are missing all their upper or lower teeth, or both, and the number of patients having implants is growing fast.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into the bone socket of missing teeth. According to Ponderay Dental, "Dental Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge." The jaw bone grows back around the implant, fixing it securely in the jaw. When the implant has bonded to the bone, an abutment is fitted that will hold the new tooth securely. A crown is then attached to the abutment.
With care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Here are eight reasons to get a dental implant to replace lost teeth:
- Improvement in bite: The biting pressure of traditional dentures is far lower than that of natural teeth. Over time, this can lead to loss of bone through breakdown and absorption of old bone. Implant-retained dentures have a bite power as strong as natural teeth. You can chew practically anything you want to, as opposed to gradually eliminating more and more foods from your diet.
- Convenience: As a substitute for a dental plate, implants, being part of your mouth, eliminate the bother of having to constantly take dentures out and put them back in. They work like your own teeth, so you can eat your favorite foods with confidence. Individual implants allow better access between teeth, which also improves oral hygiene.
- Ease of care: Many people find dentures bothersome, but looking after implant teeth is exactly the same as oral hygiene for natural teeth. You brush and floss them but you don’t have to apply dental fixative creams or soak them overnight.
- Safety of adjacent teeth: Some tooth replacement systems can weaken adjacent teeth, but dental implants protect your healthy teeth. Fitting a tooth-supported bridge entails grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth, but implants do not require adjustments to surrounding teeth. Dental implants also help to prevent healthy adjacent teeth from shifting.
- Natural feel and look: Implants are the next best thing to natural, healthy teeth. Implant-supported artificial teeth feel completely normal once the implant has fused to bone. An implant will also look just like your natural teeth. Implant teeth are robust and stable, and let you eat and smile naturally because, unlike dentures, they never slip or shift. Implants also eliminate the problem of slurred speech that can be caused by loose-fitting dentures, and they retain the natural shape of your face. Missing teeth can make the face sag and appear sunken.
- A permanent solution: According to Sanford Dental Excellence, "Dental implants can make you feel confident about smiling again by providing new teeth that look and feel natural. They also help to prevent the deterioration of the facial structure and preserve the bone." Other methods of tooth replacement, including bridges and removable dentures, may need swapping over time. A further advantage of implants is that cavities cannot develop in an implant-restored crown or replacement tooth. With proper care, dental implants should last a lifetime, making them the best tooth replacement for long-term value.
- High success rate: Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98 per cent. Dental plates and bridges can result in bone weakening, whereas implants are unique in dentistry in promoting bone growth. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss or deterioration of some of your jawbone. When the jaw bone is not supporting a tooth, it deteriorates.
- Long-term reliability: Another reason to get a dental implant is because they have a more predictable outcome than other restoration procedures. Implants have a track record of reliable, long-term effectiveness compared with dental bridges and plates.