Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to dental implants over conventional tooth replacement options such as bridges and removable dentures.
Some of these advantages are:
1) Dental implants help preserve your precious jaw bone:
The human jaw bone maintains its integrity through proper and constant stimulation from the roots of the teeth. When a tooth is missing, that portion of the jaw bone atrophies and wastes away. This is why denture wearers have the “sunken” appearance. By placing a dental implant in the jaw bone, we help preserve the precious jaw bone for a lifetime.
2) Dental implants help save the adjacent teeth:
Traditional replacements like bridges or partials permanently damage the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space. Dental implants are independent of the neighboring teeth and will not damage your natural look.
Indeed, the enamel of your teeth, which is the hardest tissue in your body, has to be shaved down in order to make room for a crown or a bridge.
3) Dental implants are a lifetime investment:
When properly placed and maintained, dental implants will last you a lifetime. Crowns, bridges, and partials only have an average lifespan of 5 to 10 years. Therefore, dental implants are the most cost effective option to replace your missing teeth.
4) Dental implants feel natural:
Dental implants feel and function just like your own teeth. There are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat. Many find that they can return to eating the kinds of foods they’ve missed for years with dentures.
5) Dental implants can give you an internal “facelift”:
Because dental implants restore the health and the density of your jaw bones, and because your facial muscles can be properly used again, most patients notice a visible tightening of their face, allowing them to regain their youthful appearance.