Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option, which is why they’re increasing in popularity both among patients and among dentists who want to provide the best care to their patients. Dental implants look better, function better, are easier to maintain, and can last a lifetime. Whether you have a denture or are facing the loss of a tooth or teeth, it’s important to consider dental implants as your tooth replacement.
A Replacement Tooth That Stands on Its Own
In the past, tooth replacement options all depended on other teeth to support them. Dentures would sit on your gums, but they were held in place by hooks and clasps that loop around your other teeth. These hooks can cause wear on your teeth and can accumulate food and plaque, putting you at increased risk for decay in those other teeth.
A dental bridge was made by putting crowns over one or two neighboring teeth to support a false tooth. This meant that either two teeth were doing the work of three or one was doing the work of two, which could lead to failure of the natural tooth.
But dental implants are anchored in the jawbone. Dental implants support themselves and can even help brace your natural teeth.
Fully Functional Tooth
The benefit of being anchored in the jawbone is that dental implants can function just like your natural teeth. There’s no need to spend time trying to learn a new way to speak or a new way to chew, as you would have to with dentures.
You can continue eating all the foods you used to enjoy without worrying about your tooth coming out.
They also perform an essential function you probably don’t think about: stimulating your jawbone and gums. With other tooth replacement options, your body thinks that the bone that used to support your tooth isn’t needed anymore and begins to remove it. The gums on top visibly shrink, too. But with dental implants, the bone is still being used, so it remains.
An Attractive Replacement
Dental implants are so much like your natural teeth that they are essentially indistinguishable from your natural teeth. There are no wires as there are with a partial denture. And the tooth isn’t fused to the neighboring tooth.
When properly done and healthy, there is no way to distinguish a dental implant from a natural tooth in most people.
Avoid Problems of Natural Teeth
Not only are dental implants better than other tooth replacement options, there are even some ways that they’re better than your natural teeth, although overall your natural teeth are still better.
Dental implants can’t get cavities or toothaches. The ceramic can’t be worn down by acid secreted by oral bacteria, and your dental implant can’t develop an infection inside it.
Although your tooth enamel absorbs staining compounds, dental implant ceramics are highly stain resistant, maintaining their attractive white color for years, even decades.
They Can Last Forever
Another benefit of dental implants is that they can last a lifetime. Studies show that 20 years is not an unusual lifespan for dental implants, and there are anecdotal reports of dental implants lasting nearly 50 years.
All you have to do is perform proper maintenance of your dental implants, which means simply brush, floss, and make your regular dental visits. It’s not hard, and if you do it right, your implants will remain healthy and functional.
The caveat is that the restoration on top of the dental implant may need to be replaced at about the same interval as a dental bridge, but the implant itself will stay in place, likely for decades.
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, please call (702) 873-0324 or email us for an appointment at the office of Dr. James B. Polley. Dentist, located in the heart of Las Vegas.