How Dental Implants Benefit You
If you have severely broken teeth, dentures that don’t fit properly, or a sinking facial structure due to missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Sometimes called “permanent dentures,” dental implants are an excellent option for adults who want to replace their missing teeth and improve their oral function. Further, implants offer tooth replacement options that you just can’t get with other traditional treatments.
There are many reasons that dental implants can be a great solution for replacing permanent teeth. If you’re considering implants to restore your smile, this list is for you. Here are the top 10 benefits of implants.
1. Dental implants behave like your natural teeth.
One of the coolest benefits of dental implants is that they function just like your natural teeth. You can experience complete restoration of your chewing power, and most patients don’t notice any difference between their previous natural teeth and their newly implanted teeth. Patients with implants can eat, brush, and floss normally.
2. They look just like your natural teeth.
Many patients fear dental implant treatment because they feel that their implants will not match their natural teeth. However, this is not the case as implants come in many different shapes and sizes. Dr. Tyler will work with you to design your implants to match the color of your existing teeth and fill in any unnatural spacing. Another advantage is that implants have no adhesives or bulky apparatus. This means that no one but you and your dentist will know that you have implants.
3. Dental implants can last a lifetime
We all want our natural teeth to last our whole lives, but sometimes that just isn’t in the cards. Thankfully dental implants are made from titanium and integrate with the jawbone. This means that implants are biocompatible, nontoxic, and are not likely to be rejected by your body. With proper oral care, your implants really can last a lifetime.
4. They can help reduce your risk of gum disease.
Any gaps between your natural teeth can trap food, which means that bacteria can get into those spaces. When we don’t brush or floss properly, bacteria can cause chronic infection and inflammation in our gums, otherwise known as gum disease, or periodontitis. When you have dental implants, it can make these areas easier to brush and floss around. And this paired with a great at-home oral care regimen and regular professional cleanings means that you can better prevent periodontal disease.
5. Dental implants help prevent bone loss.
When you lose teeth, you eventually lose bone mass in those areas of your jaw. Your jawbone requires stimulation from your teeth to maintain its density. Dental implants are the only option that replaces that jawbone stimulation and helps prevent future bone loss.
6. They support your adjacent teeth.
If you have a gap in your mouth caused by a missing tooth, it can cause the teeth on either side of the gap to shift and become misaligned. Implants are designed to fill that gap, allowing you to regain and maintain a straight, even smile.
7. Dental implants can prevent changes to your facial shape.
Tooth loss can have an undesirable impact on our facial structure. When our face sags, we look older than we actually are. Dental implants work just like your natural teeth in the way they provide support to your face and help prevent it from changing shape. If you have tooth loss that is causing you to experience a sagging face, then implants can help you reclaim your facial features and look years younger.
8. They can help you regain your natural speech.
Your teeth play an integral role in the formation of spoken words. Dentures can hinder your ability to pronounce words correctly. Since implants are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth, you will be able to speak easier and more naturally.
9. Your dental implants will stay in place.
One of the biggest patient complaints about dentures is that they don’t stay in place. When dentures shift, it can make you feel self-conscious about talking, laughing, and even eating in public. Dental implants, however, are firmly anchored in place by your dentist and will never cause you public embarrassment.
10. They are a permanent solution.
With other tooth replacement options, you may be subject to repairs or replacements throughout your lifetime. But, as we said earlier, implants that are well cared for through the proper oral care strategies can last your entire life!
Don’t delay if you need dental implants.
If you are ready to reclaim your smile from missing teeth and unnatural gaps, then don’t hesitate to give Duvall Dental Center a call. We would be happy to meet with you to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Request an appointment using our online form or give our Duvall, Washington, office a call at (425) 620-3359. We look forward to hearing from you!