Missing teeth can dramatically reduce the quality of your life and your self-confidence. They also make chewing more difficult. Today implants can replace your natural teeth efficiently and beautifully.
Implants are artificial tooth roots that support a restoration for a missing natural tooth or teeth. The implant is a small screw that is inserted into the jawbone. It can support dental bridges, but also just a single artificial tooth if it is missing in the teeth line. Implants have gained immense popularity. This comes as no surprise, since they boast numerous benefits compared to traditional prosthetics. Here are some of them:
They Feel Most like Your Natural Teeth
Your natural teeth have roots that firmly hold them attached to the jawbone. Dental implants attach to your jawbone in much the similar way. They are made of titanium. This metal has a unique property of being able to merge with the living bone tissue. After your dentist inserts the implant, it takes the implant three to six months to merge with your jawbone. After that, you will feel like the artificial tooth fitted on your implant is completely natural. In addition, visually it appears the same as your natural teeth. Implants enable you to eat, talk and smile with complete confidence and without fear that your artificial teeth might slip out.
They Prevent Bone Loss
Bone is a living tissue that needs constant stimulation to renew itself and stay healthy. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone starts to deteriorate, and the jawbone starts shrinking. If many teeth are missing, that leads to facial changes, including sunken cheeks. When properly cared for, an implant can prevent bone loss.
They Are Safe for Neighboring Teeth
Implants do not affect the health of natural teeth, provided the patient maintains oral hygiene and has regular dentist checkups.
Other teeth replacements can weaken neighboring teeth. In the case of traditional dental bridges, natural teeth at either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) serve as support. These often-healthy teeth must be polished and capped. This actually damages these natural teeth. On the other hand, implants are independent tooth replacements that do not lean on the neighboring natural teeth. This is their great advantage because they preserve the health of natural teeth.
They Are Comfortable to Wear
If you wear traditional dentures, you could feel pain in your gums that is caused by the movement of your dental aid. Implants always stay firmly in one place. Patients feel so comfortable that they even forget they have them.
They Are a Long-Lasting Solution
Since implants merge with your jawbone, they present a long-lasting solution for the missing teeth problem. Other teeth replacements, such as dentures, have to be replaced after a while. The jawbone changes with time, making the denture loose and movable.
Their Maintenance Is Simple
Caring for your implants is not much different from caring for your natural teeth. You have to brush them each day and clean them with interdental brushes. You will never have to apply special creams or soak them over night in a denture cleaner. In addition, your implant will never require a filling or a root canal. Even though implants do not deteriorate easily, gum disease can affect their stability. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are the best method of preventing gum disease.