Benefits of Dental Implants
Millions of people all over the world suffer tooth loss due to dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. In the recent past, bridges and dentures were the only solutions available for missing teeth. Dental implants are a relatively recent invention which offer a revolutionary solution for missing teeth. They function as replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a robust foundation for fixed or removable teeth that are designed to blend in well with your natural teeth. Here are some key benefits of getting dental implants:
Implants appear and feel like original teeth. They are fused with the bone so that they become permanently fixed. Your dentist is likely to design implants that match the color of the neighboring teeth while filling the gap accurately. Implants fully restore chewing power and can be cared for just like real teeth.
Missing teeth can affect your ability to pronounce words correctly. Dental implants help you speak normally with confidence. On the other hand, if you decide to opt for dentures and they are ill-fitting, it can slip inside the mouth and cause you to slur or mumble.
Dental implants act just like natural teeth and can enable you to bite and chew easily. They are fused to your jaw with a titanium post that replaces the tooth root. Therefore, implants allow you to bite with the same force that you use with your natural teeth. Other tooth replacement options are not as effective as they are placed on top of the gums and are mostly not fixed in place.
Prevent Changes in Facial Structure
Teeth provide vital support to your facial structure. When you have missing teeth, you lack that support, which eventually results in a changed face shape. Implants offer your facial structure a support similar to that of natural teeth, and prevent the shape from altering.
Artificial teeth do require care to prevent bacteria accumulation inside your mouth. However, you don’t have to worry about getting cavities in them as the material implants are made of can never decay. They also do not require any special products for cleansing. You can simply brush and floss them the way you do with your natural teeth.
Prevent Bone Loss
If you have a tooth missing, the jaw bone in the empty slot may deteriorate in the absence of stimulation. If no implant is fixed a year after you lose a tooth, the bone area loses approximately 25% of its volume. If you decide to opt for dentures and they do not fit well, they can rub against the bony ridge and slowly make it wear away. An implant restores chewing power and provides the stimulation required for natural bone growth.
Keep Adjacent Teeth Stable
The gap left by a missing tooth can cause neighboring teeth to haphazardly shift towards the gap. Disturbed position of teeth can negatively affect your bite, chewing ability, and appearance. A poor bite may eventually result in problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which may lead to pain and headaches. While other tooth replacement options generally need to be repaired or replaced regularly, dental implants offer a permanent solution.
If you have a tooth or two missing, schedule an appointment with us at Cooley Smiles by calling us at (425) 249-3509 today.