If you’re an adult who’s recently lost a tooth, or had one extracted, you’re probably wondering what the best options are for replacing it.Depending on your situation, you may benefit from either the help of a dental bridge, removable dentures or an artificial Dental Implants.
Before you make the decision, and commit to either one of these options, it’s always a good idea to do your research beforehand.
To help you in your research, we’ve listed 7 remarkable benefits that dental implants can have for the health and function of your mouth; allowing you to eat, drink, laugh and regain that amazing smile.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants involve anchoring an artificial tooth to the jawbone using a type of screw, acting like the original root of your tooth, providing a stable base for your replacement.
7 Benefits and Advantages of Having Dental Implants
1. A Good Dental Implant Can Look And Feel Like A Natural Tooth
A major concern for most people who’ve lost a tooth is they’ll no longer have a smile to be proud of. However, a professional implant dentist can restore the integrity of your smile with the aid of a strong and natural looking dental implant.
The goal of implant dentistry is to help you regain the everyday function of your mouth so you can eat, drink and, of course, smile without fear.
2. A Good Dental Implant Is Built To Last
It’s true that dental implants can cost more upfront than alternatives such as dentures and dental bridges. However, when you compare the durability of an implant to that of the alternatives, the upfront cost of a dental implant can often be more beneficial in the long run compared to the ongoing costs of denture and bridge replacements.
3. A Good Dental Implant May Help You Feel Confident About Your Smile
As mentioned earlier, your implant dentist can provide you with a natural looking tooth replacement.
As implants are anchored to the jawbone, this will eliminate any incidences of embarrassment where the denture or bridge may come loose or even fall out when speaking, laughing, coughing or kissing.
4. A Good Dental Implant Can Protect Your Jawbone From Deteriorating
After losing a tooth, a patient can experience deterioration of the bone material. This is due to a lack of stimulation to the alveolar bone (the bone that the teeth are anchored to) coming from daily functions such as chewing.
A prolonged lack of stimulation will eventually see the alveolar break down and
those wearing dental bridges or dentures may experience slipping as the integrity of the jawbone deteriorates. In extreme cases a patient may even require a bone graft procedure to fix it.
Anchoring an artificial tooth to the alveolar aids in providing the stimulation needed, and works not only to facilitate everyday function, but to prevent further deterioration of the jawbone as well.
5. A Good Dental Implant Helps Maintain Your Speech
Remember when you were a child and how you spoke when you lost your two front teeth?
While it may be the cutest thing for a child, as an adult it can be downright embarrassing, especially during professional and social interactions.
While it’s true that dentures and dental bridges can reduce lisping and other speech impediments associated with missing teeth, poorly fitted dentures and bridges can come loose and result in mumbling, spitting and inaudible conversation.
A professional implant dentist can help you avoid these embarrassing situations with sturdy and securely fitted dental implants.
6. A Good Dental Implant Can Reduce Incidences of Cavities
One of the best things about dental implants is that as the tooth is fabricated from non-biological material it won’t develop cavities.
However, this isn’t a licence to eat all the sugar in the world or give up on brushing your teeth.
While the tooth may be artificial, maintaining the gums surrounding the implant is still essential for the health of your mouth and the integrity of the implant.
7. A Good Dental Implant Can Stop Healthy Teeth From Shifting
Healthy teeth aren’t just for biting, as they also work to hold each other in line.
When a tooth isn’t replaced, the adjacent healthy teeth may begin shifting into the newly emptied space.
Gradually, this can lead to a crooked alignment, affecting not only your smile but also the biting function and level of comfortability within your mouth.
Your implant dentist will be able to fit your implant to reduce the negative affect of shifting teeth and aid in maintaining your ever-important amazing smile.
For more information about Dental Implants, feel free to contact us at any one of our Amazing Smiles Clinics located at Nerang, Logan, Jimboomba, Strathpine and Wynnum to book a consultation with our dental professionals.