9 Benefits of Dental Implants
Have you’ve lost a tooth as a result of gum disease, trauma, or tooth decay? Like most, you’re most likely unhappy with the unsightly empty space between your teeth. Well, there’s good news. Dental implants are and remain one of the most innovative solutions for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is composed of two parts: a screw or post embedded into the jawbone and a crown or cap that exactly resembles your natural tooth and sits on the gum line. When secured into their place, you can hardly tell the difference between a dental implant and a natural tooth.
Here are nine amazing benefits of dental implants than can help you make the right decision.
This is probably the top benefit of having a dental implant. Dental implants look and feel exactly like your own teeth when you eat and speak. Once the implant screw heals into your jawbone, you won’t feel its presence, and if you glide your tongue over the crown, it will also feel smooth, just like your natural teeth.
From the outside, any person looking at you won’t tell they are not your real teeth. Even if the rest of your teeth are not perfectly aligned or ‘wallpaper’ white, the dentist will match the new implant to fit your original teeth.
Because dental implants function like your real teeth, you’ll be able to chew your food, speak clearly, and smile just like usual. So, go out, get your favorite food—Bon appetite.
There are a few things that happen in your mouth when you lose a tooth. Firstly, your teeth will begin to shift out of their place. You see, the loss of a tooth means the loss of support. A tooth without support will start moving to look for a new area of support. If your teeth shift, you’ll be needing further (expensive) dental work down the line. A dental implant acts as a pillar of support for your teeth, and this stops the shifting.
The second thing that happens in your mouth if you lose a tooth is that your jaw’s underlying bone begins to resorb or shrink away. This is detrimental not only to the surrounding teeth but also to your bone structure. Thus, it’s vital not to wait very long after losing a tooth to have an implant. A dental implant will stop the bone shrinkage and preserve the health of your other teeth.
If you’ve ever had a missing tooth, you know that when it comes to chewing your food, almost immediately, you begin to favor the opposite side of your mouth. Eating and enjoying your food becomes difficult, and, over time, the chewing muscles on the side without a tooth will weaken, causing your smile and speaking to look asymmetrical.
Dental implants restore the asymmetry and maintain muscle strength to help you comfortably chew food and keep your smile looking symmetrical.
There’s nothing worse for your self-esteem than having a poor smile with missing teeth. With dental implants, you can improve your self-image and confidence in both your personal and working life. You’ll feel like your ready to go out and take on the world.
Dental implants can’t get cavities because they aren’t made of natural tooth material. No more worry about having fillings or any other kind of dental work.
Because dental implants are made of artificial material, they’re not likely to stain with foods like red wine, coffee, or blueberries or turn yellowish with age as natural teeth do.
On the other hand, teeth whitening treatments do not affect them. The key is to follow your dentist’s advice on how to take the best care of them to keep them looking shiny and bright.
Although having a dental implant is a form of oral surgery, many patients report that it’s not as painful as you think and very similar to getting a filling.
After administering a local anesthetic to numb the area where the implant will be placed, the screw portion is securely inserted into the bone. The overlying gum line is closed.
The healing time for the full ossification process is anywhere from 3-6 months, after which the screw is securely fixed into the bone.
When you return to your dentist, he will open the gum line and place the beautiful new crown onto the implant.
Dental implants are a permanent, long-term solution to missing teeth. They can remain secure and fixed in your mouth for a lifetime, but you need to take good care of them and follow all your dentist’s instructions on proper care. This includes taking care of the gums surrounding the implants.
Taking proper care of your new implants involves using a soft-bristled toothbrush, your usual toothpaste, flossing every day, and visiting your dentist regularly for a check-up and a cleaning.
If you follow these instructions, you’ll be delighted for a lifetime with the results and the long-term value of your investment.
Until Next Time!
Dr. Randy Simor