When you lose a tooth at six years old, it’s cute and exciting, but when you lose a tooth as an adult, it’s embarrassing and costly. You start to wonder if other people assume that you have poor hygiene habits. It’s likely that you’ve stopped showing your thousand-watt, full-toothed smile because of the hole that has rendered it incomplete by your missing or infected tooth. All of these reasons can lower a person’s self-esteem and make them feel inadequate or unattractive. But a lost or infected tooth doesn’t have to be an end to your self-confidence or the smile you’ve always shown.
While you can elect root canal therapy, a pain-relieving procedure, to preserve the natural tooth, extraction and replacement is also an option. The choice is completely yours, but the benefits of dental implants can’t be ignored.
Looks & Functions like Natural Teeth
Implant technology has advanced so that your dentist can easily replicate a dental implant that matches your natural teeth from shade to shape. Digital tooth impressions and computer-aided technology allow customized implants to be created specifically for your dental needs.
High quality dental porcelain allow the implants to match your natural teeth in matched to the color, shade and shape of your teeth with the same translucence, luster and light-reflecting properties.
Not only do dental implants look natural, they function naturally too. Your gums grow right up around the implant, so there’s no discrepancy in appearance or function. With dental implants, there’s no restriction in diet. You can eat all your favorite foods from popcorn to chewing gum without worrying about whether your implants will fail.
Keeps Adjacent Teeth Healthy
Tooth Bridges require grinding down of adjacent teeth so that the bridge can be affixed to them.
Partial dentures stay in place with clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth—the metal framework puts pressure on these remaining natural as it’s used during daily activity and can weaken these teeth or even damage them. A dental implant, however, is a full replacement that maintains the health of your surrounding teeth.
Preserves Facial Bones
When most or all natural teeth are severely compromised or missing, there’s nothing left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth and so it begins to dissolve away. This results in rapid deterioration of the facial structure: lips fold in, the lower face crumbles, and wrinkles appear around the mouth. These effects make a person look much older than they actually are. Implants, however, preserve bone and prevent further deterioration of the facial structure.
Lasts a Lifetime
Dental implants have a 98% success rate, lasting twenty-five years to a lifetime. To reach that lifetime lifespan for your dental implants, you may need to kick the pen cap chewing habit. Just like natural teeth, gnawing on hard materials or opening bags of chips with your teeth can compromise their strength. Implants are designed to be permanent solutions as long as you maintain good daily periodontal habits like brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups.
You would think an advanced, respected dental technology that is implants must have some drawback. What’s the catch, right? But with implants, there really isn’t one. They aren’t even high-maintenance. A small, soft toothbrush and your go-to low-abrasive toothpaste can stay on your bathroom sink. Add an antimicrobial mouth rinse to your routine, and your implants are as good as gold.