11 Benefits of Dental Implants
If you are facing the loss of a tooth or teeth, you are probably considering your tooth replacement options. In order to maintain your oral health, you need to replace your teeth somehow, but you’re mulling over different options.
Dental implants are definitely your best replacement option, for these reasons:
Dental Implants Look Just Like Natural Teeth
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your smile, dental implants are your best choice. They have the ability to give your smile the best color and design match to your natural teeth. And because it will always be in place, there’s no chance that it will be off-kilter when you smile.
No Diet Restrictions
If you’re wearing dentures, there are likely many things you won’t be able to eat. Steak is a particular challenge, but people often have difficulty with corn on the cob, apples, carrots, and more. With dental implants, you can pretty much eat anything–foodwise, that is. Don’t try chewing on anything that’s not food.
Dental Implants Stimulate Your Jawbone
One of the issues that most people don’t realize with dentures and dental bridges is that when the tooth is gone from the jawbone, the body begins to remove bone. The body doesn’t think it’s necessary any more. This can increase your risk of jawbone fracture, and it can lead to a sunken appearance.
Dental Implants Support Gums
You may not be worried about jawbone loss, especially if it’s just one tooth you’ve lost, but if the jawbone goes, your gums can collapse, too. This can create a hollow spot under your dental bridge or dentures that can be very noticeable.
No Special Care Required
Dentures have to be removed and cleaned every night. A dental bridge has a space under it where you have to floss to remove bacteria and food particles. But a dental implant is just like your natural teeth. All you have to do is brush and floss normally. And visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
Dental bridges last ten years or less. Dentures may last only three years. Dental implants, though, can last a lifetime. In fact 93% of them last 17 years or more, and there have been isolated incidents of dental implants lasting over 40 years before their wearer passed away. With proper placement, care, and maintenance, dental implants can last forever, it seems.
Dental Implants Won’t Come Out
And dental implants will always stay in place. This means they’ll never fall out in the middle of a passionate argument, never be displaced by laughing, and never get left behind at a restaurant. (Many denture wearers take them out to eat, then forget them.) You also won’t drop and break them when you take them out for cleaning.
A benefit of dental implants you might not be thinking about is that they support a healthy bite. When you have dentures, your jaws don’t get the support they used to. This can contribute to dysfunction of the jaw joint and jaw muscles, what we call TMJ, which can lead to jaw pain and headaches.
Dental Implants Won’t Damage Other Teeth
Dentures and dental bridges depend on your other teeth for support. This can lead to damage of your other teeth. A partial denture is held in place partly by clasps and hooks that can cause wear on your neighboring teeth and may trap food and bacteria, contributing to localized decay. A dental bridge is supported by dental crowns placed over your neighboring teeth. This can weaken those teeth, and the extra force that has to be supported by the dental bridge, can contribute to early failure of those supporting teeth.
Prevent Sleep Apnea
Your jaw isn’t the only thing that depends on your teeth for support. Your jaw actually helps support the tissues of your airway. When you take out some or all of your teeth at night as a denture, your airway may not be fully supported, which means it can collapse partly, leading to snoring, or fully, causing sleep apnea.
Don’t want to have to fumble for your teeth in the morning before you can give a smile to your spouse, kids, or grandkids? The best solution to that is to have dental implants, which never need to be removed at night.
Want to learn more about what makes dental implants in Denver such a great option for replacing your teeth, please call (303) 759-5652 for an appointment with an implant dentist at Park Meadows Dental Care.