We should all work hard to care for our natural teeth. But despite good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, permanent teeth do not always last a lifetime. When one or more of them decay, fall out, or require extraction, dental implants are the ideal back-up plan. In fact, implant dentistry is rapidly becoming the preferred mode of tooth replacement for patients around the world. So what is it that makes dental implants so beneficial?
They Look Natural
Today’s dental technology has revolutionized the way dentists replace teeth. Highly advanced equipment is used to map a patient’s mouth and develop expertly generated dental prosthetics that closely mimic the appearance of a real tooth. Just a few years ago, it was easy to identify ‘false teeth.’ But today, patients can enjoy the confidence that comes from a natural-looking smile.
They Prevent Bone Deterioration and Gum Recession
When a tooth is removed from its socket, the surrounding bone and gum tissue begins to erode. Unfortunately, this process can continue long after a patient has been fitted for a traditional prosthetic, such as a denture. While the prosthetic may initially fit, years of bone and gum deterioration can lead to embarrassing and frustrating slippage. A dental implant, however, takes the place of a real tooth root, ultimately integrating with the surrounding bone and preventing degeneration.
They Provide Dietary Flexibility
Dental implants solve a problem that has long frustrated people with removable prosthetics, such as dentures. Because a denture is removable, it can move around in the mouth. This makes eating a challenge for people who enjoy hard or sticky foods. But dental implants hold a prosthetic in place, whether a crown or denture. The wearer is free to eat foods like apples and sticky candies that would otherwise be off-limits to a traditional denture wearer.
They are Low-Maintenance
Dental implants are low-maintenance in comparison to other tooth replacement options. Dentures, for example, require soaking and messy creams – a complex routine that takes up precious time every day. Implants, however, are cared for in the same way that natural teeth are, with brushing and flossing. Besides the occasional dental check-up, dental implants are no more inconvenient that a natural tooth.
They are Designed for Longevity
Ultimately, the primary reason many people choose dental implants is because of their longevity. Implants are designed for durability and meant to last a lifetime. There are many patients who have dental implants that are decades old, yet continue to provide the same beautiful smile day after day. In fact, we believe an implant is the next best thing to a healthy, natural tooth.