Transform your life with dental implants.
Every part of your teeth, right down to your tooth roots, has an important part to play in the function and health of your teeth and jaws. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces your tooth roots, so they provide unique benefits that no other treatments for missing teeth can. It’s what makes implants so unique and effective—so effective, in fact, that they’re the best replacement for missing or severely damaged teeth!
If you’re looking into dental implants, you might find yourself asking, “But is it worth getting dental implants? What are the side effects of dental implants?” The answer is that while everyone has different treatment needs and preferences, dental implants are certainly worth considering! They can transform your daily life in many ways, from improving the way your teeth feel and function to protecting your oral and overall health. To help you decide whether or not implants might be right for you, we’d like to share how dental implants can change your life.
Dental implants improve your appearance.
Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can completely transform the appearance of your smile. They don’t just close the gap left behind by your missing tooth or teeth, they fill it with a unique restoration that’s made specifically for you, allowing it to look like a natural part of your smile. You’ll work with Dr. Bentz to choose the size, shape, and shade of your new teeth, which helps them look even more natural. No one will realize you have an implant. More importantly, though, involving you in the design process ensures that you’ll love your restored smile! The result is often a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem that can have a huge impact on your daily life.
They protect your jawbone and maintain your face shape.
Your natural tooth roots play an active role in keeping your jawbone healthy. They provide the bone with constant stimulation, which tells your body to keep sending nutrients there. When you lose a tooth, that stimulation goes away and those signals stop coming, so your body starts reabsorbing the bone where your tooth root used to be. Over time, this lowers the bone density in your jaw, weakening it and potentially even changing your face shape. This is especially prominent if you’ve lost multiple teeth, possibly giving your jaw the sunken-in appearance that’s common in people with traditional dentures. But this is far from inevitable!
Dental implants replace your entire tooth, including the tooth root, so they provide your jaw with the stimulation it needs to maintain healthy bone. They’re the only tooth replacement option that does this, so they’re also the only treatment that’s capable of protecting your jawbone like this! By keeping your jaw strong and healthy, they also help maintain your face shape—even if you’ve lost all of your teeth. This is one of the most unique, impactful benefits to dental implants.
Dental implants maintain a healthy bite.
When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth often begin shifting into the gap it left behind. This can change your bite or the way your teeth fit together, which can make chewing feel awkward or more difficult. In some cases, it can lead to TMJ issues like painful chewing, developing a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, frequent headaches, muscle soreness in your jaw, neck, shoulders, and back, and more. Thankfully, dental implants prevent any of these issues from developing in the first place by filling the gap in your smile. Without the gap, your natural teeth simply stay where they are, maintaining your natural, healthy bite!
They enhance your oral and overall health.
Have you ever noticed that straight, evenly spaced teeth are simply easier to clean thoroughly? There aren’t as many nooks and crannies for you to try and reach with your toothbrush or floss. By keeping your teeth from shifting around in your mouth, dental implants also ensure your teeth remain as easy to care for as possible, helping you cut down on your chances of getting cavities or gum disease. Your oral and overall health are linked, so conditions like serious gum disease, called periodontitis, can lead to an increased risk of serious overall health problems like cardiovascular disease. You still have to do your part to prevent periodontitis by practicing great oral hygiene, but dental implants make this easier. When paired with their ability to protect the health of your jawbone, it’s clear that dental implants have a marked impact on both your oral and overall health!
They improve your speech.
Did you know your teeth actually play a role in your ability to speak? It comes down to the way you make certain sounds. To make a “th” sound when speaking, for example, you must press your tongue against your teeth. Losing one of these teeth changes the way the sound comes out, and losing multiple can prevent you from making it altogether. By restoring your missing tooth or teeth, implants ensure that you once again have a solid surface to make these sounds. This makes speaking clearly and normally simple again—just as it should be!
Dental implants enable you to enjoy a wider variety of foods.
The unique placement of dental implants allows them to give you a level of natural stability that other tooth replacement options can’t provide. Whether you have a single implant with a crown or implant-supported dentures, you’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods, from crunchy toffee to corn on the cob or whole apples. It feels great to not have to cut out foods you enjoy! It also means that a lot of healthy fruits, vegetables, and chewy, lean meats are just as easy to eat with implants, so it’s easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your implants can stand up to the challenge! Implants aren’t indestructible, though, so make sure to use the same caution with them that you would with your natural teeth.
They feel and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are the next best thing to regaining your natural teeth, so they’re very comfortable and stable. Just like natural teeth, you don’t have to worry about them every day. They’re also incredibly easy to care for! While other treatments require extra steps in your oral hygiene routine—even bridges, though the extra step they require is quick and simple—dental implants only require the same level of care that you should be giving to your natural teeth anyway. If you want them to stay healthy long term, you have to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss at least once a day, use mouthwash daily, and visit your dentist for an evaluation every six months.
They give you a long-term, worry-free solution.
It’s not uncommon for people to ask us, “Do dental implants last forever?” If you care for your implant with great oral hygiene, it can last your entire lifetime! You may eventually need to replace the restoration on top of your implant due to wear and tear, but this is a rare occasion. And as long as it stays healthy, you’ll never have to worry about replacing your implant! There’s something to be said for being able to replace your missing teeth without losing their natural function or worrying about replacing them. They really are the next best thing to regaining your natural teeth!
Chat with our Bentz Dental team to learn more about dental implants.
When you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s normal to find yourself asking a flood of questions. What’s the best option to replace missing teeth? Is it better to get dentures than implants? Are implants better than a bridge? After all, you want to ensure that you find the best long-term treatment for you! In general, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, but everyone has different treatment needs and wants. In the end, your ideal treatment is up to you! If you’d like to learn more about dental implants or other tooth replacement options, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz at any time.