While there are a number of options for treating a missing tooth or missing teeth, dental implants offer a number of advantages over alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Following are just 5 of the benefits of dental implants.
1. Restore Function
Dental implants are held firmly in your jawbone much like your healthy, natural teeth. In fact, with time, your bone will grow and fuse around the dental implant posts as if they are real teeth roots.
This allows dental implants to provide superior functionality compared with other treatments. With dental implants, you can eat and speak normally without needing to remove an oral appliance (or worry about it breaking or falling out).
2. Prevent Other Oral Health Problems
Without treatment, missing teeth may lead to the shifting of your remaining natural teeth to fill the gaps. This provides additional spaces for the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease to take hold.
Missing teeth can also contribute to bone loss in your jaw, which can affect your existing teeth and eventually alter the shape of your jawline. Dental implants help hold adjacent teeth in their proper place and maintain the bone structure that supports your teeth.
Dental implants essentially become a part of you, and you care for them much like your natural teeth.
Dental hygiene with implants should include brushing at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing should be followed by flossing at least once a day to remove food particles that may linger between your dental implants and your natural teeth.
4. A Natural-Looking Smile
Dental implants are custom crafted for your unique needs, and they are designed to fit seamlessly with your existing natural teeth.
Sculpted from medical-grade porcelain, the dental crowns that cap your implants and serve as your replacement teeth look just like natural teeth. They can also be tinted to precisely match the colour shades of your existing teeth so you can smile with confidence.
5. A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
With time, dentures, partials and dental bridges can wear or break. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
This is because dental implants are securely anchored in bone much like healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants so effectively look, feel and perform like natural teeth that you may forget they’re not.
If you live in the Colorado Springs area and would like to learn if dental implants are the best choice for your individual needs, contact The Studio for Exceptional Dentistry or call our office at 709-602-2614 to schedule your consultation with Dr Andrew Hall.