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5 Top Benefits of Dental Implants
When you have lost a tooth, replacing it with a dental implant is the best thing you can do for the future of your oral health. Dental implants have a myriad of benefits, from their lifelike appearance to their enhanced functionality of the bite. These prosthetic teeth have been used consistently, both throughout history and in modern dentistry to create lasting, beautiful and complete smiles.
Five benefits of dental implants
The following are five benefits of dental implants as a tooth restoration option.
1. Dental implants are lifelike
The way dental implants are placed ensures that they not only become a permanent fixture of the jawbone, but they also look and feel natural. The prosthetic tooth is custom-formulated for each specific patient. The procedure does not require the preparation of any other teeth as bridges do. Surrounding, healthy teeth remain unscathed.
2. Dental implants are durable
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. The post and abutment of the implant almost never need to be replaced once they have successfully fused with the jawbone. Keep in mind that the restoration (usually a ceramic crown) has the same consistency and hardness of a natural tooth. Although sturdy, crowns can still be damaged just like natural teeth. Take care of your implant by avoiding chewing on ice, teeth grinding and using your teeth as tools.
Implants are resistant to bacterial attack, which means they cannot fall prey to tooth decay. This is not to say that you should clean an implant less often. The gums and surrounding teeth can still be threatened by bacteria, so be sure to clean the implant thoroughly each day to keep gum disease at bay.
3. Dental implants support the jaw
Because they are inserted right into the jawbone, dental implants not only have a natural appearance, but they also have all the qualities of a natural tooth. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate due to disuse. Other tooth replacement methods, like bridges or partial dentures, do not utilize the jawbone. Dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, keeping it in use and effectively preserving the density and health of the jawbone.
When part of the jawbone is lost, the face can have a sunken appearance. Since dental implants preserve the jawbone, one's facial shape is supported, maintaining a more youthful appearance.
4. Dental implants can be treated like natural teeth
Many patients find that they can almost forget an implant is there because it fits in so seamlessly with their natural teeth. Brush and floss your implant as you would a natural tooth because they preserve the jawbone like natural teeth (the only tooth replacement method to do this).
5. They cost less to operate
Unlike other teeth replacement methods like partial dentures, there are no other costs associated with your dental implants once they are successfully in place.
Dental implants are made up of three separate parts that make up the whole implant: The post, the abutment and the restoration.
- The post is the screw-like titanium rod that is surgically inserted into the jaw, acting as the new tooth roots
- The abutment is the peg-like connector that sits atop the post and is right above the gumline
- The restoration is placed atop the abutment
The fact that implants are in three different pieces means that these individual parts can be easily replaced if they break, instead of having to replace the entire implant.
If you are considering dental implants, then contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and set up an appointment.
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