Top 10 Benefits of Dental Implants
We all want to feel good about our smile
Missing or damaged teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. In the past your only choices were dentures or a bridge, but today you have a much better option – dental implants. Dental implants look and feel completely natural, giving you back your confidence. But this is just one of the benefits of dental implants.
Let’s look at the many advantages implants have over other treatment options.
Dental implants look and act like your natural teeth
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is how natural they look. One reason for this is because the implant fits directly into your gums the same way your teeth do. The crown (the tooth part of the implant) is matched perfectly to the colour of your existing teeth, and is made by taking detailed impressions of your teeth and jaw, ensuring a perfect fit. Dental implants not only look like natural teeth, they act like natural teeth. Dentures can slip and make chewing difficult, but because dental implants work just like your own teeth, you can enjoy all your favourite foods without worry or difficulty. You can brush and floss normally too.
Dental implants are long-lasting
Dentures need to be replaced every five to eight years, bridges every ten years. Made of titanium and fused with your jawbone, dental implants are extremely durable. With proper care they can literally last a lifetime.
Dental implants prevent bone loss
When you lose a tooth you also begin to lose bone density around the empty space. In the first year you can lose up to 25% of the bone mass in that area, and without an implant bone loss will continue. This happens because there is no longer a root to encourage bone growth. Dental implants replace the root as well as your tooth, this ‘tricks’ your body into thinking you still have your natural root, stimulating bone growth and helping prevent future loss.
Dental implants keep your other teeth in their place
A missing tooth can allow your other teeth to shift into the gap. This can affect your bite and the appearance of your face. Other options such as bridges can actually damage the supporting teeth. Dental implants keep your teeth stable and avoid further harm.
Dental implants can improve your self-esteem
Poor fitting dentures can slip and cause you to mumble your words. Missing teeth can affect both your self-image and your speech. With dental implants you’ll have none of these worries. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with complete confidence.
Dental implants help keep you looking younger
Missing teeth and the bone loss that follows can leave you with a sagging, aged look, especially around your mouth. Dental implants help preserve the shape of your face by keeping teeth from shifting and encouraging continued bone growth. This will help keep your face looking younger and healthier.
Dental implants don’t require special care
Dental implants are easier to clean than dentures or bridges. With implants you care for them just as you would your natural teeth – daily flossing and brushing, regular check-ups and dental cleanings. There are no messy adhesives or other inconveniences.
Dental implants are cost-effective in the long run
While dentures or a bridge may cost less in the beginning, they have to be replaced more frequently. Crowns usually lasts an average of 15 years, but the implant itself can last the rest of your life. Studies show that dental implants can be as cost-effective as the alternatives, but more importantly that they lead to a better quality of life.
Dental implants have an almost 98% effective rate
Dental implants are suitable for most people. Success will depend on where in your mouth the implants are placed and the health of your jawbone. And although no procedure is guaranteed, implants are successful almost 98% of the time.
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