The Benefits of Dental Implants
Do you have one or several badly-damaged or lost teeth? If so, you should consider the merits of dental implants. There is a common misconception that the average person cannot afford dental implants as the technology is comparably new. However, dental implants are quite affordable, even if you have a budget with strict limitations. Furthermore, dental implant pricing is decreasing with each successive year, democratizing this industry breakthrough that much more. Let's take a closer look at the many benefits of dental implants.
Most People are Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are missing one or multiple teeth due to decay, disease, injury or something else, you might be a good candidate for dental implants. However, you will never know if you qualify as a suitable candidate for this tooth replacement solution until you reach out to our dentist for an oral health evaluation. As long as you do not smoke and have a fairly strong jaw, you will likely be cleared for dental implants. Furthermore, if you can no longer use removable dentures, the dentist might determine dental implants are your best option. Thankfully, the vast majority of those who consider adding dental implants to their mouth end up being good candidates for this increasingly popular tooth replacement solution. Even if you do not have enough bone in your jaw at the current moment, it might be possible to address your bone deficiency so you eventually qualify as a candidate for dental implants down the line.
Thanks to Dental Implants, There is no Need to Rely on Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have been used as a tooth replacement solution for decades. However, there are numerous drawbacks to using dental bridges to replace lost or damaged teeth. The teeth next to the missing tooth must be cut so the bridge can be put into the proper position. Why bother having the dentist grind down several teeth to place a bridge between them when dental implants are available? The grinding down of teeth is problematic in that this process weakens the teeth, heightening the chances of decay, fractures and additional complications. Furthermore, dental bridges tend to last about a decade or less while dental implants usually last twice as long or even longer.
The icing on the cake is the fact that dental implants do not necessitate a grinding down of the teeth next to the lost or damaged tooth. Making dental implants even more attractive is the fact that dental implants provide the jaw bone with the chewing/biting stimulation necessary to maintain adequate bone volume around the teeth. The same cannot be said of conventional dental bridges.
Dental Implants Look Like Real Teeth
Opt for dental implants and these fake teeth will look perfectly natural in your mouth. Today's dental implants match the hue of your natural teeth. There is no need to use metal hooks as is necessary with dentures. Rather, the dentist will connect the dental implant directly to your jaw bone for a reliable connection.
Dental Implants are Sturdy
Plenty of people errantly assume every type of tooth replacement will prove fragile simply because artificial teeth are not the same as real teeth. Though this critique might be true of some other tooth replacement solutions, it is not true of dental implants. Dental implants are deeply connected to the jaw bone through titanium rods. This fusing process, known as osseointegration, takes upwards of six months to complete. Once the titanium rods are connected to the jaw bone, the dentist tops them off with lovely-looking crowns that resemble natural teeth.
The Proper Bite Strength
Dental implants provide the same level of bite strength as regular teeth. There is no damage to the bone at the time the dental implants are put in place nor as time progresses. This is quite the contrast to dentures that provide merely half the bite strength of regular teeth. Furthermore, dentures lose their bite strength as time progresses. Dentures are also problematic in that they have the potential to slide around within the mouth, making chewing that much more challenging. Alternatively, dental implants are fused directly to the jaw bone, guaranteeing they will chomp right on through food just like regular teeth.
Your Dental Implants Might Outlast You
Dental implants have the potential to last the rest of your life. This tooth replacement solution lasts significantly longer than other types of restorative procedures. Consider the fact that dental implants have a 95% success rate even after a full decade in place. As a whole, dental implants have an incredible 98% success rate. Part of the reason why dental implants are so reliable is the fact that dentists consider every aspect of patient health including jaw bone structure before moving forward. In comparison, dental bonding typically lasts one or two years. Furthermore, dentures begin to falter at the 5-year mark.
There is no Risk of Damage
Dental implants are not susceptible to breaking, fractures or any other type of damage. The same cannot be said of dental bonding and dentures. Making dental implants that much more appealing is the fact that they do not damage adjacent teeth in any way.
Dental Implants Require Minimal Care
Ask anyone who uses dentures about the maintenance of this tooth-replacement and you will find they require a considerable amount of work. Dentures must be removed and cleaned with regularity. Furthermore, you cannot eat certain foods such as crunchy or sticky culinary delights when wearing dentures. Opt for dental implants and you will merely have to floss and brush your teeth as normal. There is no need to go out of your way to clean the dental implants in any particular way.
Universal Smiles Dentistry is at Your Service
Your dental implant(s) are a call away. Let our dental professionals evaluate your oral health and determine if you are a candidate for this remarkable tooth replacement solution. Once your dental implant is in place, you will feel that much more comfortable with the look, function, and health of your teeth. If you live in or near Orange City, give us a call at (386) 775-9933 to schedule your appointment. Those who live in the greater Edgewater area can reach us by dialing (386) 423-3652.