Reasons to Consider Dental Implants Over Removable Options
For many years, dentures were seen as the only available option to replace missing teeth. Especially in recent years, the alternative of dental implants have become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. While the concept of dental implants may seem to have appeared somewhat recently, this alternative tooth replacement actually dates back to 1949. Though many of the early versions had unpredictable success rates, dental implants have come a very long way since then. Today’s implants work through a process called osseointegration. Without getting too technical, this basically means that the implant fuses with the jawbone, making it the closest thing to a real tooth possible. Here are just a handful of the benefits that dental implants offer compared to other tooth replacement options.
Dental implants will function like your own teeth. Unlike dentures or bridgework. dental implants can be mostly treated as though they are your own teeth. While dentures and bridgework must be removed for cleaning, implants require the same hygiene regimen as your natural teeth. Implants also stay in place just like your own teeth. No matter how well fitted, dentures can shift in your mouth and create speech issues. Full or partial dentures may also limit the ability to chew certain foods. Dental implants will not create these limitations since they act just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are highly durable. Even with the best care, it is highly likely that dentures and dental bridges will have to be replaced at some point. Though dental implants may require periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. Implants are very sturdy and stable which makes them far less likely to be damaged compared to removable replacement options.
Facial structure is maintained with dental implants. Over time, tooth loss can cause bone deterioration and resorption. Dental implants help to prevent this bone loss. In addition, the loss of your natural teeth can lead to a sunken look to the face and wrinkles. The nature of implants also prevents this change to face shape.
Dental implants look like your natural smile. The look of removable tooth replacement options have definitely come a very long way, but implants certainly create a more natural looking smile. Since each replacement tooth is individual, implants allow for your dental professional to get as close to your natural smile in shape, size, and color as possible.
The integrity of your healthy teeth will be maintained with dental implants. Often times dentures or dental bridges rely on the support of your remaining teeth for stability. This necessity of support can require alteration to your healthy teeth in order to accommodate the support mechanism. Over time, the strain to the teeth providing the support can even lead to tooth loss. Dental implants are supported by your jawbone and therefore have no negative impact to your remaining healthy teeth. Also, shifting of remaining teeth surrounding the gap left by a lost tooth can occur. By filling this open space all the way into your jawbone, dental implants prevent this shifting.
As we know, oral health is important to maintaining your overall health. At times maintaining oral health will require the removal of teeth. Losing your natural teeth can have an impact to your self-image, and dental implants can be a great way to restore not only your smile, but also your self-confidence. While removable tooth replacement options may be less expensive, there are so many benefits that make the additional cost of tooth implants worthwhile. If you would like to explore your dental implant options, please contact me. I would love to discuss these options with you to determine the best course of action to meet your dental needs.