Dental Implants are the first choice when it comes to treatment options to replace a missing tooth or teeth. There are other, less expensive options available. However, the benefits of implants far outweigh the associated costs. Dental professionals around the United States agree that dental implants are the best option available.
At the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Bethesda, Maryland we strive to help our customers see the benefits of implants. Providing the best service available to our patients is important to us. We’ve put together some information that illustrates why implants rise above all other options.
The most important thing to note is that implants are the closest thing you can get to your natural teeth. A dental implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth. It is strong and secure, allowing it to function just as a natural tooth would. Since a dental implant is embedded directly into your jaw bone it also prevents bone deterioration. Other tooth replacement options are not able to prevent the deterioration of your jaw bone. However, the implant acts the same way as the root of your natural tooth. As you chew, the jaw bone is stimulated by the implant much like it is by a tooth root. This stimulation prevents bone deterioration. When your jaw bone deteriorates it can interfere with the structure of your face, eating, smiling, and even speaking.
Since implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, you can live your life without worrying about them. Your implant is customized to match your natural teeth. This eliminates any worry about the implant appearing noticeably different. You also don’t need to worry that the implant will become loose, become dislodged, or fall out. This allows you to eat, laugh, and talk with confidence.
When you lose one or more natural teeth, the structure of your face can visibly change. There could be sagging or sinking that can be quite noticeable. Other dental replacement options only replace the missing tooth but not the root structure. Without that added support, the shape of your face can noticeably alter.
In addition to the benefits of bone stimulation and structural support, implants offer other benefits over removable tooth replacement options such as dentures. A dental implant is a permanent fixture in your mouth. This means you don’t have to worry about them becoming dislodged or falling out. You also don’t have to worry about them becoming lost or damaged when they aren’t in your mouth. There are also no additional steps in caring for your implants. You simply brush and floss them just like you would with your natural teeth.
It’s also not uncommon for people who use dentures to have difficulties speaking occasionally. Since a dental implant is replacing the exact tooth you lost, you should experience no problems speaking. Eating is another common problem for those who use dentures or other removable tooth replacements. Dental implants allow you to eat normally without worrying about anything becoming loose or uncomfortable. Implants also do not affect the taste of your food like other options can. Worrying about slippage throughout your day is not a problem when you choose a dental implant over dentures. Dental implants do not need to be repositioned the same way that dentures do.
By choosing a dental implant over a bridge, you are protecting your neighboring teeth. When a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, it relies on the neighboring healthy teeth. These healthy teeth are damaged by modification to support the bridge. This helps keep the teeth on either side of the bridge from drifting. However, these teeth become more susceptible to damage and decay below the crowns. In comparison, a dental implant is an independent replacement option. This means that it does not rely on neighboring teeth. Instead, the dental implant is fused directly with your jawbone for stability. Neighboring teeth are untouched and unharmed.
Dental implants are a long term replacement option for missing teeth. Most other replacement options tend to have a lifespan of about seven years. When properly cared for, this can extend to 10 years for some options. However, a properly cared for dental implant can last a lifetime. When a tooth is replaced with a dental implant, you can rest easy that the implant is impervious to decay. However, you’ll want to be sure to still care for the implant as you would your natural teeth. This ensures that your neighboring teeth and gum tissue remain healthy. You’ll also want to stay on schedule with regular dental visits to ensure that the tissue around the implant along with your remaining natural teeth remain in peak condition.