Benefits of Dental Implant

A dental implant is a high-tech replacement tooth that mimics the entire structure of a tooth. A titanium “root” is inserted into the jawbone, used to support the crown, bridge, or denture, and acts like a real tooth. One of the benefits of implant placement is that it can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Dental implant technology has become the best tooth replacement solution because of its advantages over alternative therapies by dentists. With modern innovations in dentistry, most patients can benefit from them (even those who have been told before can not have permanent teeth).

Who are the candidates for dental implants?

Loss of bone in the jaw occurs when there is no root of the tooth (or implant) that stimulates the jawbone.

Where there are no teeth, the jawbone breaks down in the empty space due to lack of stimulation. If no implants are placed in the first year of tooth loss, the jawbone in that area loses 25% of its volume and bone loss continues over the years.

Artificial prostheses can even accelerate bone loss because they often loosen and then gradually destroy the bone. As the implant replaces the root as well as the tooth, and chewing returns to normal, it provides the stimulation needed for normal bone growth.

If you have one or more missing teeth, or have broken or decayed teeth that may not be repairable, implants are usually the solution. If you are upset with your denture, partial denture or bridge, you can use implant technology.

In the past, patients with inadequate bone or certain health conditions or habits were not considered candidates for implants. Advances in bone diagnosis and reconstruction have allowed most patients to receive implants.

Benefits of Dental Implant Implantation

  • Dental implants work like natural teeth.
  • One of the biggest benefits of implants is that they completely restore chewing power. Most patients cannot tell the difference between a natural tooth and an implant. They can eat with it quite normally, and they can also brush and floss normally.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss
  • Dental implants hold adjacent teeth in place
  • Missing tooth gaps can cause adjacent teeth to be tilted toward the gap. This puts your teeth out of position and can affect your biting, chewing ability and appearance. It can cause interference that makes it difficult to change teeth later.
  • Dental implants can help you get rid of gum disease
  • Missing tooth decay can act as a trap for food and bacteria and lead to gum disease.
  • Dental implants can prevent sagging of the face and premature aging

Drooping face can be an unintended effect of bone loss due to tooth loss. This is where the lower third of the face begins to shrink, gradually closing the gap between the tip of the nose and the chin. Changes can include excessive wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips and sharper chins that make a person look much older than their actual age.

Dental implants versus dental bridges

Dental implants are a more cost-effective and natural alternative to dental bridges.

The bridge needs to be replaced with adjacent teeth to support the bridge.

While a dental bridge may only last about 10 years or more, dental implants can last a lifetime. This implant is made of titanium and integrates with the jawbone. It is biocompatible, meaning it is non-toxic and not excreted by the body. Overall it makes a powerful replacement tooth.

A bridge consists of a denture (or tooth) supported by adjacent teeth that have been capped. A bridge is used to replace one or two missing teeth.

A bridge requires the replacement of two often healthy teeth, which is not an ideal way to replace a lost tooth compared to a dental implant. Bridges have a short life, five to ten years, compared to dental implants. So while a bridge may be more affordable at first, a dental implant may cost you less in the long run.

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