Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth that dentistry currently has to replace missing teeth. They are artificial tooth roots that are added permanently into the jaw to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Dr. Jessica Stilley says, "they are a desirable alternative to bridges or dentures. Dental implants can replace one or more teeth and do not interfere with neighboring teeth." The experience of having dental implants is very similar to having real teeth. We'll tell you all of the advantages to having them in this blog.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing or modifying other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. As nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene. Dental implants have been shown to reduce the need for subsequent restorative intervention of adjacent teeth.
- Improved appearance. When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. They look and function like real teeth and nobody will know the difference.
- Easier chewing and eating. Eating with dentures greatly reduces the ability to consume many foods. Missing or damaged teeth are a problem to normal eating as well. Implants function like regular teeth and improve patients' ability to eat anything they want without pain of missing/damaged teeth or the sliding and bite misalignment that dentures often bring.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing your words to be unclear, slurred, and often are accompanied by clicking or similar noises. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. As you will have also fixed issues with your teeth, bone, and gums, those discomforts will also be relieved.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place. They also make being away from home, work, and travel so much easier.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Dr. Steven Lieber summarizes, "our Periodontal Health Center team can determine if you are a good candidate for implants, because you do need to have healthy gums and enough bone height in order to secure the implant and there needs to be enough space. We are ready to assist you with a new healthy and confident smile."