What are the benefits of dental implants?
There is a reason as to why Dental Implants have become the first choice vs. other missing-teeth solutions; dental implant therapy by far outperforms other missing-teeth replacement solutions, but let’s take a look at what kind of benefits we’re talking about.
1. The nature of dental implants that closely resembles a tooth
Dental implants mimic the natural tooth as closely as possible. The dental implant replaces a natural tooth’s structure by having the implant as the root, and an artificial crown as the natural tooth.
Dental implants feel and function exactly as natural teeth do-minus any cavity fears. Dental implants allow you to eat all foods without hesitation, your speech is not affected whatsoever and you retain your face’s and jaw’s natural shape.
Further, Dental implants, contrary to dentures and bridges, do not come loose and need not be attached to other teeth.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime
Dental implants can last a lifetime; with proper care, dental implants will remain securely in place for 30 years. Dental implants have historically had a success rate of over 95%, the binding factor in the success of dental implants is based on good oral health habits. Same as with natural teeth, daily flossing and brushing, as well as a visit to the dentist every six months is required to keep the dental implant securely in place. To learn more about avoiding any issues with dental implants, read our blog post: Are Dental Implants for life?
- Dental implants preserve and stimulate natural bone.
Dental implants is the only dental restoration solution that “preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss”. When the dental implant is surgically placed underneath the gumline, thus mimicking the role of a tooth root, a process called “osseointegration” occurs. Bone in the jaw grows and bonds to the surface of the implant, which holds the implant securely in place. To learn more about osseointegration, please read our blog post: Replacing teeth with dental implants; Do I have enough bone?
- A better alternative to other missing-tooth solutions
Dental implants, contrary to dentures and bridges, do not come loose and need not be attached to other teeth to function.
Prior to the invention of dental implants, the most common way to replace missing teeth was with the use of a tooth supported bridge. Dental bridges are supported by healthy neighbouring teeth, the neighbouring teeth are grown down to support the bridge, which unnecessarily means having to lose natural teeth substance to support this alternative. In addition, a bridge does not provide the benefit of stimulating bone growth in the jaw as do dental implants.
To learn more about whether dental implants are for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation on dental implants with our specialists.