Dental implants have quickly become the preferred tooth replacement option by both dentists and patients. What makes dental implants so popular? There are many reasons to choose them over the alternatives, but these are the four most compelling reasons to opt for implants when you need to replace one or more missing teeth.
1. Dental Implants Only Replace the Root of the Tooth
Bridges and dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for hundreds of years, but they only replace the tooth above the gumline. This is important for aesthetics, but for dental health, the tooth should be replaced below the gumline too. Only dental implants accomplish this. A small titanium implant post is placed directly into the jawbone where the root once was.
By replacing the root of the tooth, dental implants create a stable base to attach your restoration. It also prevents and even reverses bone loss in the jaw. This is a common issue in patients who are missing teeth—when the root of the tooth is no longer in the jaw, your body is sent a signal that the bone is no longer needed for support. The bone is then broken down and its minerals are transported to other parts of the body. It’s a remarkable process when you think about it, but the result is a weakened bite, the compromised health of your remaining teeth, and facial collapse, which causes a prematurely aged appearance.
2. Dental Implants Are the Most Natural Option
When both the visible portion and the root of a tooth are replaced, the result is a restoration that looks, feels, and works just like your natural teeth. You won’t have to worry about your dental implants slipping or falling out, impacting your ability to eat, or making it difficult for you to speak clearly.
You’ll care for your dental implants just like you do your natural teeth—brushing, flossing, and going in for dental exams and cleanings every six months.
3. Dental Implants Are a Long-Term Solution
Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. The success rate for dental implants is quite high, and once the jawbone and implants have fused together (a process called osseointegration), it’s even higher. Because they last decades or even a lifetime, dental implants are well-worth the cost. Dentures need frequent relining and adjustments, especially if bone loss is changing the shape of your jaw.
4. Dental Implants Are Better for Your Remaining Teeth
If you’re considering a traditional dental bridge, it’s important to note that bridges compromise the structures of your healthy teeth—the two teeth adjacent to the ones that are missing will need to have crowns placed in order to hold your bridge. This leaves these teeth at higher risk of breakage, fracture, and other damage. Dental implants don’t compromise your healthy teeth.
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Do you have questions about dental implants? We’re happy to answer them and help you decide if implants are right for you. Contact us today at 570-287-2500 to schedule a consultation.