Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants serve as a replacement for tooth roots and act as a base for dental crowns. An implant is a screw-like titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone.
A missing tooth not only makes it difficult to chew and speak, but can also affect your confidence. Dental implants offer an effective solution for missing teeth by restoring your mouth functionality. Approximately five million implants are placed by dentists in America each year. Following are some of the top benefits of dental implants:
Prevent Bone Loss
Tooth loss is often accompanied by loss of bone mass in your jaw. The jawbone naturally requires the stimulation that it receives when your teeth connect to maintain its mass.
When a tooth is missing, the jawbone degenerates due to the absence of stimulation. In the case of no implant being attached in the first year following tooth loss, the bone area loses at least a quarter of its volume, with bone loss continuing with time. Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that encourages jawbone stimulation.
Stabilize Surrounding Teeth
The missing tooth socket can make your neighboring teeth move crookedly towards the gap. This can dislodge your teeth and negatively impact your bite, chewing ability, and appearance.
Misaligned teeth can cause interference that can make tooth replacement tricky, which is why it is best to get a dental implant as soon as possible. A poor bite can also result in problems with your temporomandibular joint, causing pain or headaches.
Match Natural Teeth
Implants are available in several shapes and sizes. Your dentist will get them designed to match the color of your original teeth so that they blend in well with the neighboring teeth.
Today, dental implants are created to look as realistic as they feel. With advancements in dentistry, your artificial tooth is practically unnoticeable among your natural teeth. Although your tooth root as well as the tooth itself is replaced, your smile will look as natural as ever.
Easy to Care
Artificial teeth can be cared for just like natural teeth. Make sure you brush twice daily and floss at least once a day to maintain good oral hygiene.
Dental implants do not require any special products to help you care for them. You do not require any cleaning tablets, cups, or special flossers for your implants.
With dentures, you have to be mindful of what you eat because your bite is either weaker or because dentures may shift from their place when you eat. Implants are also a more comfortable option than dentures.
Dental implants are a stable tooth replacement option that enable you to eat and drink normally. You can easily have crunchy, tough and chewy foods as implants are a permanent solution. They restore your bite force to allow you to chew with the same amount of pressure as your natural teeth.
Dental implants can restore your smile and boost your confidence. They are durable and tend to last several years. If you have a missing tooth that requires replacement, schedule an appointment with us at Colin M. McKinney, DMD by calling us at (772) 266-2223 today.