If you are considering dental implants but are still weighing the pros and cons against other types of dental restorations, such as dentures, an overview of the advantages of dental implants can help you decide whether or not they could be the best choice for you.Test
Dental implants can last the rest of your life
While initially bridgework and full dentures may be less expensive than implants, they can only be expected to last around ten years before requiring replacement or repair. A correctly placed, high-quality set of dental implants can easily last 25 to 30 years or longer as long as gum health is maintained.
Dental implants prevent loss of bone and teeth
Missing teeth leave the bone of the jaw unstimulated, allowing it to gradually dissolve away (which eventually leads to loss of still more teeth.) Dental implants have a titanium “root” that keeps the jawbone healthy and strong, preventing additional tooth and bone loss.
Dental implants function like real teeth
Traditional dentures’ Bridgework places undue strain on the adjacent teeth and can trap food between the restoration and your teeth. In addition, dentures require extra care as they must be “glued” back into place with a special adhesive. Dental implants support the jaw and bones, snap into place without the use of adhesives, and can be brushed and flossed around just like your original teeth.
Dental implants look and feel natural
Bridgework requires attachments to be fitted to adjacent teeth, which can cause irritation to the gums and lips. Dentures can slip and slide around in your mouth and cause sores. Dental implants look just like your original teeth, after a short adjustment period feel like your natural teeth, and when installed properly, rarely cause any discomfort.
Dental implants may improve self-esteem and self-confidence
Many people who lose teeth feel uncomfortable speaking, eating, or smiling in public. Even with bridgework or dentures, bone loss can occur which leads to the cheeks and mouth sinking inward. Dental implants can provide full arches of natural looking teeth, and keep the bone healthy, meaning facial features stay fuller and younger looking.
Dental implants can replace one or all of your teeth
Individual dental implants can replace single missing teeth in the upper mouth or bottom mouth. Full mouth dental implants can also be used as supports for fixed dentures, to provide a permanent, brilliant smile.
If your gums are in good health, and bone loss has not occurred, dental implants can often be placed and covered with a restoration in just one or two visits. If bone loss has occurred, bone restoration can be done to create a solid foundation to support implants. If you are considering Implant Supported Dentures, check out our newsmiledentals.com and consult with our dentists to see if Implant Supported Dentures are a good choice for you.
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