Benefits of Dental Implants
Even after all of the improvements that have been made in dental care in recent years, millions of Americans still suffer tooth loss, mainly due to tooth decay. Several years ago, the only tooth replacement options available were bridges and dentures, but dental implants are readily available today.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots fixated into the jawbone. They provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth made precisely to match your natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Here are four top benefits of dental implants:
They Prevent Bone Loss
When you lose your teeth, your body starts to reabsorb the bone where the roots once were. As a result, your face can begin to look caved in with time. The titanium rod inside a dental implant encourages your jawbone to grow around it during the healing process. Not only does this prevent bone loss and protect your facial shape, but it also reverses some bone loss that has occurred already. Other tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges don't do this as they can't stimulate the jawbone.
They Are Versatile
Bridges and dentures have some limitations with regard to how many teeth they can replace. So, if you have lost a lot or very few teeth, your treatment options might be limited. However, dental implants are incredibly versatile. An oral surgeon can fit them with a crown to replace a single tooth or replace all of your teeth. So, if you opt for dental implants, your oral surgeon will be able to design the perfect treatment for you.
They Improve Oral Health
Yes, the process of receiving a dental implant sounds quite intimidating. However, most dentists consider implants a more conservative treatment because they don’t negatively impact your remaining teeth. Dental implants are supported by the jawbone in the same way your natural teeth are, whereas dentures and bridges are supported by placing crowns on the healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. Performing procedures on healthy teeth is not an ideal situation as it can weaken them. When you get implants, your healthy teeth remain untouched, and this helps you maintain your oral health in the future.
They Look Natural
Dental implants are made to look just as natural as they feel. This is made possible with the help of technology and modern materials. Your prosthetics will be explicitly designed for you and ensure your smile looks great at all times. If you already have strong, natural teeth, an oral surgeon will make your prosthetic tooth in a way that it blends in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Even dentures look very realistic since they are made with acrylic gums that match the color of your natural gums. So whether you put crowns, a bridge, or dentures over your dental implants, no one will be able to tell the difference.
The success and longevity of your dental implants depend on how well you care for them. If you want to know more about the benefits of implants and how to care for them, call Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA at (336) 283-2593 today to schedule a consultation.