Dental implants are widely considered one of the most beneficial restorative treatments available to patients who are missing teeth. Although implants are quickly gaining popularity, many people don’t know about the health benefits of dental implants. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
Implants Function Most Like Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants are designed not only to support a replacement tooth that looks and feels like your natural tooth, but they also function like a natural tooth root. This makes them as realistically similar to a natural tooth as possible.
The root provides a stable anchor for your dental implant crown. A dental bridge is only anchored to surrounding teeth, and many patients need to use floss to clean out the space between the prosthetic tooth and the gums.
Safe for Existing Teeth
Placing a dental implant does not negatively impact surrounding healthy teeth. Your existing teeth will continue to be healthy and function properly. In fact, your dental implant may improve your overall oral health.
Did you know that implants can encourage bone growth? A dental implant can actually increase your bone density over time, thanks to a process called osseointegration. This is what happens when your bone and the dental implant fuse together.
Ability to Eat and Speak Normally
Missing teeth can make life difficult, especially when it comes to eating and speaking. A full set of healthy teeth can help you eat and speak normally.
Dental implants are a great restoration option and can be used for:
- Dentures. Implant-supported dentures can lock your dentures into place so you don’t have to worry about slipping or sliding.
- Single tooth replacement. For patients with one missing tooth, an implant can fill in the gap and restore your smile.
- Multiple teeth. Some dental implants work similarly to a dental bridge, but instead of anchoring to your teeth, the implant is placed in your jaw. Two implants can support three teeth connected together.
Prevent Bone Loss
The dental implant prevents bone loss because it acts like a natural tooth root. When you lose a tooth, your jaw stops producing as much bone tissue because your brain won’t heal tissue that doesn’t need support. The titanium post also encourages jawbone regrowth as it fuses with your bone tissue.
With proper care, dental implants can last the rest of your life! The implant crown may need to be replaced every 10–15 years or so. To make sure your implants last a long time, use a low-abrasion toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and don’t bite down on hard items like ice cubes or pencil tips.
Implants Are Easy to Manage and Monitor
Dental implants have a proven track record of reliability as well as highly successful results. Implants are also often more predictable than other restorative treatments. Caring for your dental implants is as simple as caring for your natural teeth.
Greater Comfort With Dental Implants
Dentures and other types of removable restorative treatments may not be as comfortable because they lack the stability of a dental implant. A titanium tooth “root” can add stability and strength to your replacement tooth or dentures.
Support Natural Smile and Face Shape
Tooth loss can lead to loss of facial structure, which can affect the look of your smile. Dental implants support facial structure and musculature by filling out your smile and your face. A full, natural-looking smile can make you look younger and healthier, too!
Require Little Maintenance
Dental implants require the same kind of treatment as you give your normal teeth. Brush and floss every day, and don’t forget to schedule regular appointments with your dentist.
You may also want to use a low-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Taking good care of your teeth can make your smile last a lifetime.
No More Worrying About Missing Teeth
Implants can restore your smile so you don’t have to worry or be self-conscious about any unsightly gaps. You can have a stunning smile again with the help of a dental implant!
Find Out More About Dental Implants Today
If you have questions, we have answers! Get in touch with us at Compassionate Dental Care and discover more about dental implants today and schedule a FREE Dental Implant Consultation at (847) 474-9162. We are excited to walk you through the dental implant process and discuss a treatment plan for your beautiful, new, confident smile!