If you have lost one or several teeth, it is worth exploring the options available to replace them and restore your smile. By restoring your teeth, you will be able to regain your confidence and protect your oral health. Leaving gaps makes it more likely that you will develop issues, including infection.
Dental implants are one solution that we can recommend for lost teeth. There are a wide variety of benefits with this choice that you should be aware of.
Easy To Maintain
Many of the possibilities for replacing lost or damaged teeth will require a significant level of maintenance. With dental implants, this isn’t an issue at all. Instead, you will need to care for your implants as you would the natural teeth in your mouth. This includes brushing and flossing twice a day to avoid the build-up of tartar and plaque as well as food debris. We will also recommend that you schedule and attend regular dental checkups to keep a check on your oral health.
In contrast, dentures are not a permanent placement in the mouth. As a result, they must be removed and cleaned daily. Furthermore, dental implants are made from synthetic materials. As such, you will not have to worry about developing cavities. However, you will still need to care for the gum tissue that will heal around the implant.
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A Practical Solution
Dentures and bridges do not provide the secure solution that you might expect or require. One common issue with dentures is that they can move around or become displaced either while you are talking or eating.
Implants are quite different because they fuse with your jawbone, letting them function similarly to natural teeth. As such, they will never slip around and are nearly impossible to knock loose. A significant benefit here is that patients can enjoy a variety of different foods that would not be available when using dentures or bridges. With implants, you will be able to maintain your typical diet filled with both hard and soft or even chewy foods. Once the implants have healed, you will hardly ever notice they are there at all, and they will have a minimum level of impact on your life.
Protect Your Smile And Your Face
One of the most important reasons for replacing lost teeth will always be to protect your general oral health. Dental implants are ideal for this solution because they will preserve your face shape, your jawbone, and your surrounding teeth. If teeth are lost, the bone doesn’t receive the right level of stimulation. It can resorb into the body. Ridge width will decrease by as much as 25% once just one tooth has been lost.
Since dental implants are anchored to the jawbone, they provide the tooth root replacement that the bone requires to remain stable. They maintain a natural shape for both the face and the jawline.
When there are no dental implants, patients can start to notice their faces collapsing over time. This is the impact of the jawbone slowly being reabsorbed.
Dental implants are also beneficial because they protect the teeth around the implant. Unlike other solutions, including bridges, other teeth do not need to be removed with dental implants. This limits the level of damage that is required. Dental bridges also put additional pressure on surrounding teeth with particular brackets, wires, and dental cement. This is not an issue with implants. Implants remain independent and will not interfere with or damage other teeth.
Natural And Beautiful
When you replace lost or damaged teeth, you certainly will not want the replacements to look obvious or unnatural. We are delighted to inform you that this is not an issue with dental implants. In contrast, they look realistic, and beautiful, and fit perfectly as a natural part of your smile. This is partly because they do not require brackets or wires, unlike dental bridges. As such, even friends and family members won’t be able to tell that you have had this work completed to transform your smile and ensure that it looks incredible. This is one of the reasons why patients with severe tooth decay or congenital dental issues will often favor the option of implants.
Indeed, the right dental implants we provide will perfectly match the rest of your smile and fit beautifully. As such, you may find that this treatment helps to boost your confidence as well as your self-esteem. They are often entirely indistinguishable from the natural teeth that still remain in your mouth.
It is important to note that the technology used for dental implants is constantly evolving and improving. Abutments are stronger than before, and experts are continually exploring new ways to reduce the rate at which abutments may be rejected. One example of this is new implants that have a slightly rougher texture at the root. This replicates a particular feature of natural teeth, which improves the implant procedure by 99%.
Our team also has access to the latest imaging equipment. This ensures that we can create implants that are customized and designed specifically for your mouth and no one else. This is particularly important for those who have suffered absent teeth for a significant period or those who have experienced dental trauma. Advanced imagery can guarantee that implants are added in areas where they will remain both secure and firm, increasing the chance that they will last a lifetime.
Long-Lasting And Durable
With other options, including a fixed bridge, adjustments will need to be made over time as time continues to progress. Furthermore, since bridges and dentures do not provide stimulation, the jaw will often change. Dental implants are designed to become a permanent replacement and can last up to ten years or with the right level of maintenance a full lifetime. Due to this, our patients often believe that while implants are more expensive, they will provide more value in the long term. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Scharf to see if dental implants are right for you.