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Why Are Dental Implants Best?

So what’s all the fuss about dental implants? Why does it seem like everyone is suddenly getting them?

In spite of the fact that dental implants are a relatively expensive option for replacing missing teeth, most patients find them to be far superior than other treatments, such as dentures and bridges. 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial replacement tooth that replaces the entire structure of a tooth. Your dentist inserts a titanium “root” into your jawbone, which provide support for the implant.

A dental implant looks, feels, and functions just like your original tooth and should last for a lifetime if you care for it properly.

Let’s look at some of the many benefits of dental implants that make them the best choice for replacing one or more missing teeth.

Behaves Like Natural Teeth

In contrast to dentures, for example, dental implants behave just like natural teeth, and you’ll have your full chewing power restored. Dentures make a fine choice for many people, but they are known for being prone to slippage over time. Your new implant will be firmly anchored into the underlying bone, so it cannot shift or slip. Now you can eat and chew with complete confidence.

Lasts a Lifetime

Dentures typically need to be periodically repaired and can become uncomfortable over time. Bridges typically last for around 10 years. Your new dental implant should last for the rest of your life. It is made from strong materials, such as titanium, that fully integrate with your jawbone. All of the materials that make up your implant are biocompatible, meaning that they will not be rejected by your body.

Prevents Bone Loss

Without a tooth nearby, the jawbone in the area begins deteriorating. Known as the process of resorption, it can even be accelerated by having dentures that loosen and rub against the area, continually eroding it.

Your new dental implant will replace your tooth root and the tooth, so that your chewing ability is restored and natural bone growth is stimulated.

Stabilizes Adjacent Teeth

A gap in your smile is more than a mere cosmetic issue; it can cause nearby teeth to shift into the empty space, pulling your teeth out of their proper positions and even affecting your bite and facial appearance.

Better Than Bridges

Getting a dental bridge often means that healthy teeth must be altered, which can cause problems later on.  A bridge tends to weaken these anchor teeth, potentially speeding up tooth decay.

Even though a dental bridge may involve less upfront cost, the bill usually becomes due later on. So while bridges may be economical at first, you’ll probably pay less for a dental implant over time because of its durability and the fact that it won’t undermine your adjacent teeth. 

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation 

Are you ready to transform your smile by getting a permanent dental implant to replace the look, feel, and function of your original tooth? If so, please contact your dentist’s office today to schedule your dental implant consultation.

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