Do you have an incomplete smile because some teeth are missing? Are you considering various tooth replacement treatments?
If so, you are probably aware that there are multiple choices, but as in most cases of choice, some options are better than others. And one option that is often great, long-lasting, sturdy, and attractive, is the dental implant.
The advantages dental implants can offer far exceed the advantages of other tooth replacement choices, so if dental implants can be implanted, Precision Dental often recommends that they are implanted.
If you’re wondering if dental implants might be right for you or considering tooth replacement options, read on to learn five reasons dental implants are worth your time and money.
1) Implants protect the jawbone against deterioration
When teeth are absent, the jawbone deteriorates. This bone needs regular stimulation to stay healthy and keep bone mass up. Other treatments to replace teeth, namely bridges and dentures, do not stimulate the bone, and while they do improve the look and function of the mouth, they allow the bone to shrink.
Dental implants, on the other hand, stimulate the jawbone just as natural teeth do. This is due to implants having titanium roots that fuse with bone (osseointegration).
This creates stimulation and leads to bone growth. Having a full set of teeth also gives balance to your bite, distributing the pressure and impact of chewing across teeth and bone. This maintains and strengthens the jaw, as well as the tissues that surround it.
2) Bringing function back
One of the most notable benefits of implants is that they fully restore the ability of the mouth to perform daily activities. The fear of dental appliances falling out or failing is completely removed with implants.
Many patients with dentures, either full or partial, are not completely comfortable with them. They don’t feel equivalent to natural teeth, they are complicated to care for, and they allow deterioration of the gums and jawbone.
The implant, on the other hand, functions like natural teeth in all major respects.
Implants also allow those with missing teeth to go back to their full set of eating habits, as they are as durable (or better) as natural teeth.
Implants are also better for pronunciation. If dentures loosen or become damaged, they affect the speech of patients. Missing teeth can lead to whistling, lisping, and other speech impediments.
Because implants are permanently placed, speech is completely normal. Thus, dental implants can improve overall self-confidence.
3) Care is easy!
One reason that dental implants are a preferred tooth restoration option is that they don’t come with the need for high levels of care associated with partial and complete dentures.
Implants don’t require any special adhesives, because they will not slip or slide under any circumstances. They also free you from the necessity of hanging out in the bathroom cleaning your dentures, or laborious bouts with floss-threaders to get under bridges.
4) They upgrade your smile
This is an obvious one. When you have a full set of attractive teeth, you smile more, and that smile looks better! And studies have shown that this can have a dramatic effect, improving your social life, love life, and work life.
Some studies show that people with attractive smiles are not only more likely to be hired, but they are likely to receive a higher wage after they are hired.
For these reasons and many more, Precision Dental often recommends dental implants to our qualified patients who are missing teeth.
If you are missing teeth and thinking about implants, come on down to Precision Dental and together, we can decide if they are the right tooth-replacement strategy for you!
5) Dental implants are actually good bargains
For many patients, this is a very important point. When patients with missing teeth consider dental implants, they are sometimes scared off by the price tag. And at the time that they are placed, implants do seem relatively expensive.
However, when taking into account that they typically last a lifetime, the overall price drops substantially over time.
Other tooth replacement options require frequent repair/replacement, special care, and supporting tools and materials that raise the cost as time goes by. Implants remove the need for repair, threaders, special cleaning, or replacement.
In some cases, payment plans and insurance have options to cover some of the cost.
In the long-term view, the price of an implant becomes relatively economical compared to other restoration options. Add to that their practicality, durability, and the health and dental benefits they bring, and you end up with a result well worth paying for.
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