Are dental implants really worth the money? How are they better than other tooth restoration solutions?
Dental implants are your best bet if you want to feel like you have a natural set of teeth again. Besides the advantage of never having to take out your bridge or denture, dental implants also offer the following five benefits:
Keep Your Youthful Appearance
When your brain senses a missing tooth in your jawbone, it redirects mineral support to other areas of your body, causing your jawbone to begin to deteriorate where your original tooth was. Dentures and bridges don’t solve this issue — they provide aesthetic benefits, and that’s all.
But as your jawbone wastes away, your mouth may begin to change shape, causing your skin to wrinkle and making you look older than you are.
Implants are different. When you replace not only the crown but also the root, you are telling the jawbone to stay put and firmly hold the new tooth in place. It results in the preservation of your original facial bone structure, which keeps your chin, cheeks and mouth looking young.
Surrounding Teeth Will Receive the Support They Need
Both dentures and bridges can negatively affect the natural teeth surrounding the missing tooth’s socket. Dentures hook over each of the neighboring teeth, and as the denture moves, it puts pressure on each tooth and wears away at the gums as well.
Bridges require grinding down the enamel of each neighboring tooth and this is irreversible — the otherwise healthy teeth will never be the same.
Dental implants do not cause this traumatic damage to the nearby healthy teeth. Instead, the implant will fit perfectly in between, providing support and making sure the entire set of teeth stays healthy.
It’s Easy to Keep Implants Clean
Cleaning dental implants is not complex. There is no need to remove any device at any time. You can brush and floss as you normally would without interference from any hooks or wires.
Eat Whatever You Want, Whenever You Want
Since dental implants function like natural teeth and they are firmly rooted into your jawbone, you can confidently bite into a crisp apple or buy a pack of chewing gum without worrying how your mouth will feel afterward. It’s not only an investment that pays off for your dental health — it also restores convenience and pleasure.
Some patients find that dentures and bridges can cause them to have trouble speaking clearly. This is not the case with dental implants. You definitely will not have any difficulty communicating clearly, just like you did with your natural teeth in place.
Maintain confidence in both your appearance and your speaking abilities and you will see a huge increase in your self-esteem that may have taken a hit when you first lost your natural teeth.
Do you think you’ve found the answer for your missing teeth? Talk to the team at Oak Hills Dentistry and find out more about how dental implants are the ideal long-term investment in your dental health.