Restore your smile’s look and function with dental implants.
Did you know that just a century ago half the population of North America was missing a tooth? While dentistry has advanced significantly and the general population now better understands the importance of oral hygiene, over 10% of today’s population aged 65 and over are experiencing tooth loss. Advanced periodontitis, a trauma such as a fall or car accident, extensive dental decay—these are just a few reasons many people experience tooth loss.
The good news is that dentistry has also come a long way in providing solutions for tooth loss. And dental implants are by far the solution with the most benefits.
Below are 8 amazing benefits of dental implants. Read on to discover what they can do for you.
1. Change the appearance of your smile.
Feeling self-conscious about a missing tooth can affect your day-to-day life and your interactions with people around you. On top of that, science has proven that the act of smiling actually makes you feel happier as your brain releases all of those feel-good hormones. A dental implant is the closest thing to a replacement tooth that modern dentistry can provide, so if you find yourself avoiding situations where you may flash your grin, a dental implant may be able to restore your confidence.
2. They look like your teeth.
Dental implants are one of modern dentistry’s most natural-looking options for replacing a tooth or teeth, so put aside those images of cookie-cutter prosthetics. Each implant is specially crafted to match your unique smile—even down to the color-matched shade, and any unique features you may want to preserve. By the time your implant is complete, no one will be able to guess which is your natural tooth and which is your implant.
3. Implants function like real teeth.
Not only do dental implants look like your natural teeth, but they function exactly like your natural teeth (if not better). Because an implant is permanently placed in your jawbone, it is as strong and secure as your other teeth. During your recovery period after having the first stage of your implant placed in your jaw, your bone actually begins to grow around the post, which further increases its strength and stability. The implant fuses with your bone, a process called osseointegration, literally becoming part of your body. Another benefit of this is that dental implants don’t require any special care, other than your usual oral hygiene routine.
4. They restore the function of your bite.
A missing tooth doesn’t just affect your confidence, it can have an impact on your oral health as well. The space that a missing tooth creates can cause your other teeth to start moving into that space. This can change the alignment of your bite and jaw, which can then create problems such as trouble chewing and biting, risk of dental injuries, and jaw pain. You may notice that you only chew on one side to avoid jaw pain, or restrict your diet to softer foods that don’t aggravate tender spots. A dental implant can help restore function to your bite so you can enjoy all the foods that you used to—even hard and crunchy foods.
5. They restore your speech.
When we speak, we do it automatically without thinking about how our lips, tongue, and teeth all work together to create specific sounds. A missing tooth or teeth can impact your ability to clearly form certain sounds, as many of them rely on the tongue or lips having contact with your teeth in a certain way. As a result, your speech may begin to sound slurred or as though you have a lisp. Using a dental implant to restore your missing tooth, enables all those elements to work together effectively. The precise fit of this type of prosthetic also means you don’t have to worry about anything slipping or coming loose and affecting your speech.
6. Dental implants are permanent.
Dental implants are not the only option to replace a missing tooth. In fact, many people live perfectly happily with dentures or bridges, but these options are not a permanent solution to missing teeth—dental implants are. Dental implants will not slip, pop out, or need adjustments. While dental implants can be more expensive to place, the benefit is that they are very cost effective if you compare them with the cost of regular denture adjustments and replacements.
7. They’re low-maintenance.
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that their permanent placement, strength, and durability mean they don’t require a specialized care regimen. You’ll still need to maintain an excellent at-home, oral care routine, and see your dentist for regular cleanings in order to care for your natural teeth as well as your implant. Not only will you have a beautiful smile you can feel good about, but your new tooth won’t suffer from sensitivity to hot and cold or suffer from cavities. The surrounding tissue and teeth in your mouth can still be affected by gum disease, so you do need to keep up the brushing, flossing, and regular preventive dental appointments.
8. They prevent bone loss.
Your teeth perform a very important role in stimulating your jaw bone’s growth. When you lose a tooth, your jaw no longer receives this stimulation and this causes bone loss over time as your body starts to reabsorb the bone. Bone loss can cause your bite to become misaligned, headaches and jaw pain, difficulty speaking, as well as a sagging appearance where the bone has reabsorbed. Dental implants prevent this by acting in the same way a natural tooth would and stimulating healthy growth of new bone tissue, enabling you to retain the look and function of your teeth.
Talk to your dentist about dental implants.
The best way to decide if a dental implant is right for you is to talk to your dentist. Your dentist can answer all your questions as well as examine the health of your mouth and it’s ability to support an implant. They will also create a customized treatment plan to suit your unique situation. So what are you waiting for? Book an appointment with Bentz Dental Implant and Prosthodontic Center today to discuss a teeth replacement option that will give you back a healthy smile.