Are you considering dental implants? Teeth are intended to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, even with our best efforts, they sometimes don’t. Even with all the advancements we have made in the area of dental care, there will be some of us who lose teeth. For a long time, the only solution was either bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are not just “artificial teeth.” They replace the tooth root, anchoring a dental prosthesis to the bone of your jaw or skull. The replacement tooth matches your natural teeth and is either permanent or temporary. This is the major difference implants have compared to bridges and dentures, which sit on top of the gum line.
Why should you choose dental implants?
Oral Health: Implants do not negatively affect other teeth like tooth supported bridges, which require altering other teeth.
Bone Health: When you have a missing tooth, your jawbone may begin to deteriorate. Implants stimulate and maintain bone.
Appearance: Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth in both look and feel. Your face will maintain a natural appearance.
Speech: Dentures can slip and cause you to slur your words or mumble. Implants do not slip, and there is no effect on speech.
Comfort: Dental implants fuse to bone and will become part of you. There is none of the discomfort found with dentures.
Eating: Ill-fitting dentures can cause eating to become difficult. Since dental implants function just like natural teeth, you will have no trouble eating.
Living: Missing teeth are embarrassing, and may cause you to feel uncomfortable going out. Implants give you the confidence to smile.
Lasting: With proper care, bridges last for 10 years or more. In contrast, implants may need adjustments every now and then, but are designed to last a lifetime.
Would you benefit from dental implants in your situation? If you would like to talk more about dental implants, or would like more information, please contact us.