The Benefits of Dental Implants
Replace missing teeth with the modern solution
Dental professionals agree that the best option for replacing a single missing tooth is a dental implant. Implants are also used to support and stabilize full or partial dentures and dental bridges.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Implants are connected to restorations (an artificial tooth or teeth) with an attachment called an abutment.
Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental Implants behave like natural teeth
One of the biggest advantages of an implant is that it restores full chewing power. Most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat with it completely normally, and they can brush and floss normally as well.
Dental Implants can last a lifetime
A dental bridge is one solution for replacing a missing tooth, but a bridge may only last around 5 to 10 years or so. Dental implants however, if placed correctly and cared for properly, can last a lifetime. The implant is made from titanium and integrates with the jawbone. It is bio-compatible, meaning that it isn’t harmful to or rejected by the body.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss
When a tooth is left missing, the jaw bone in the empty space deteriorates due to lack of stimulation. If no implant is placed in the first year of losing a tooth, that bone area loses 25% of its volume, and bone loss continues over the years. Dental implants keep the jawbone stimulated and helps prevent bone loss.
Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable
The gap from a missing tooth can cause adjacent teeth to shift towards the gap. This can affect your bite, your ability to chew and your appearance. A dental implant used to replace a missing tooth fills the gap so that adjacent teeth won’t shift out of place.
Dental Implants can prevent facial sagging and premature aging
Bone loss can cause the lower third of the face to start to collapse and gradually reduce the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. This can cause excess wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips and a more pointed chin, making the person look a lot older than his or her true age.
Dental Implants vs. Dental bridges
A bridge consists of a false tooth (or teeth) supported by adjacent teeth that have been capped. It is used to replace one or two missing teeth.
A bridge requires two often healthy teeth to be altered, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. A dental implant does not require healthy adjacent teeth to be altered at all.
Also, bridges tend to have short lives of about five to ten years, compared to a dental implant, which can last a lifetime. So while a bridge can sometimes be more economical at first, in the long run a dental implant can cost you less.
Candidates for Dental Implants
In the past, people with insufficient bone have been refused dental implant treatment due to the reduced success of the procedure. Denture wearers or people who have had missing teeth for a long time suffer from bone loss due to lack of normal stimulation from chewing.
With the advent of advanced bone grafting technology, plus the ability to locate available bone through 3D imaging technology, the majority of people can receive implants regardless of the volume of bone.
People with certain health conditions such as diabetes or habits such as smoking were previously not considered candidates for implants because of the potential risk of failure of the implant or of infection. With recent developments in technology these people can now safely benefit from dental implants.
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