Dental Implants and Their Long Term Visual and Practical Advantages

Dental implants may seem like just any other option to replace a missing tooth. However, in reality, the benefits of dental implants far outweigh all other tooth replacement options available today. Teeth can be lost for many reasons. It’s not unusual for a person to become upset and unsure about the future of their oral appearance and function after losing a tooth. Most of us view our teeth as permanent attachments and don’t think about what would happen if we lost one or more. Unfortunately, tooth loss does occur. Thankfully, there is an option available with outstanding benefits.

The Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has a staff that is expertly trained on installing and caring for dental implants. Our experience and training has set us apart from other providers when it comes to dental implants. We strive to help each and every patient understand the benefits and disadvantages of all tooth replacement options. The benefits of dental implants far exceed other options. If you’re a candidate for a dental implant then we can get you started on your journey right away.

Visual and Practical Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a favorite among patients who’ve lost one or more teeth. This is because the dental implant very closely resembles your natural teeth. This makes the implant nearly indistinguishable from your other teeth. The crown of the dental implant can be color matched exactly to your natural teeth. This allows your dentist to install an implant that looks like it belongs in your mouth. This is extremely important to many people as it helps them improve their self-esteem. Once the implant has healed, you may not notice a difference between your previous smile and your new smile.

Dental implants also provide better comfort overall when compared to other tooth replacement options. This is because the implant itself becomes a part of your body. It will actually fuse with your jaw bone. This creates a sturdy implant that functions just like your natural teeth. You’ll be able to speak and chew just as you did prior to losing your tooth or teeth. This is a great benefit over dentures and other options that can come loose. With a firm anchor in your jaw bone the dental implant won’t move, slip, or slide. This is also great for speaking as well. You won’t have to worry about the dental implant becoming displaced during a conversation or causing you to slur or lisp your words.

With dental implants you are also free of the impracticality of cleaning required by other removable options. As a permanent tooth replacement, the implant will never need to be removed for cleaning. You also have the benefit of avoiding messy adhesives and overnight cleanings.

Long Term Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to the everyday visual and practical benefits, dental implants have several long term benefits. The implants are extremely durable. They are the most durable tooth replacement option available. This provides a long term solution for one or more missing teeth. Most dental implants can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.

Dental implants are completely independent of your other teeth. This leads to overall improved oral health. Other tooth replacement options such as bridges require the support of neighboring teeth. These teeth are modified in order to support the bridge. Since a dental implant doesn’t need support from neighboring teeth, your dentist won’t have to unnecessarily modify these teeth. When your teeth are left intact then they are less susceptible to decay and weakening that would otherwise impair them.

Another benefit of an independent dental implant is the ease of care. Dental implants just need to be cared for like your other natural teeth. Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily in conjunction with regular cleanings and checkups will keep your dental implants in peak condition. There won’t be any hard to reach places where food particles can accumulate.

The most important benefit of all from dental implants is the fact that they provide needed stimulation to your jaw bone. You may not realize it, but the roots of your natural teeth stimulate your jawbone. This prevents the bone from degenerating. Since a dental implant includes a part that is inserted directly into your jaw bone, it provides the same effect. Jaw bone stimulation is extremely important. Without it, the bone would slowly deteriorate. This will lead to changes in your facial structure. It can also result in the teeth next to and above or below the gap to shift.

Speaking to Your Dentist about Dental Implants

As you can see, dental implants are clearly the best choice when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Speak with your dentist to find out if you’re a candidate for implants. They’ll be able to evaluate you and see if implants are a good option for your tooth replacement. It’s also a good idea to speak with your insurance company to see what portion of the cost of dental implants will be covered by your policy. The process of receiving an implant is more complex than other tooth replacement options. This leads to additional costs. By checking with both your dentist and your insurance company you can find out what the estimated cost will be. This will help you avoid any unexpected bills.

Regardless of the higher price, most people agree that dental implants are well worth any additional costs. Remember that this replacement option lasts significantly longer than other options. So while it may seem like you’re paying more upfront, you’ll have fewer expenses in the long run. You won’t have to continuously have new replacement bridges or dentures made to accommodate your changing mouth.

If you have any questions about dental implants, or if you’d like a consultation, please call the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Bethesda, Maryland at (301) 530-3600.